Posted on June 19, 2011

On the occasion of the World Environment Day this month, Qatargas’ Jetty Boil-off Gas (JBOG) Recovery Project Team organised a beach clean-up drive along a stretch of the Ras Laffan beach.

A group of 50 JBOG Project Team members and contractors volunteered to participate in the two-hour long clean-up drive which was supported by the Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Division of the Ras Laffan Industrial City (RLIC) and some 30 employees from the RLIC branch of Larsen & Toubro, a well-known engineering firm.

Commenting on the drive, Toufik Benmosbah, Qatargas Chief Safety, Environment & Quality Officer, said: “Qatargas is very pleased with the success of this event driven by the JBOG project team. Organising such a clean-up initiative stems from Qatargas’ environmental responsibility and Corporate Citizenhip philosophy, and seeks to promote voluntary work among the staff for social and environmentally responsible causes. The JBOG Project itself is something that contributes significantly towards environmental protection as it will minimise LNG boil-off gas flaring at LNG berths, reducing emissions and promoting recovery of otherwise wasted energy”.

Bashir Mirza, JBOG Project Manager, added: “I am delighted that the Qatargas JBOG Project Management Team came forward with this green initiative that we chose to implement on the occasion of the World Environment Day. I thank all volunteers from Qatargas, its contractors and RLIC who participated in this worthy activity.”

The location for the clean-up was behind the Qatargas tank farm area of the northern beach of RLIC. The rationale for undertaking this activity at this location was that it is the nesting season for the hawksbill marine turtles.  The Qatargas team chose the low tide period to ensure that there was no possibility of disturbing the turtles coming on the beach to lay eggs. To ensure complete protection for the marked turtle nests along the beach, the clean-up team avoided those areas during the exercise.

Mohammad Albeldawi, Ras Laffan Head of Environment added in support of this initiative that in the State of Qatar, marine turtles are regarded as endangered and protected marine species. The coastal area of RLIC specifically provides a unique habitat for the nesting of turtles. Taking this into consideration, Ras Laffan initiated the turtle conservation program which is currently in its 11th year with determination to protect the marine turtle.