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Q-Chem had acknowledge Community Environmental Concerns Recording and Responding Form the fact that the world's consumption rate of resources is growing exponentially, involving the utilization of more energy, production of more waste, discharge of more pollutants to the environment, all that contributes to the world's major problems like greenhouse gases, global warming, ozone depletion, acid rain, bio-diversity, etc. Those were acknowledge at the very earliest stages, when designers and project installation team adopted the state-of-art top technologies and operational philosophies to reduce all associated impacts with our production, storage and shipping works. The local authorities in Qatar have been using Q-Chem as a role model for newer and older facilities for the lots of good things we did and will continue to do for our environment and following are only some examples:
Q-Chem received CPChem President Environmental Harmony Award for 2009. Q-Chem received CPChem Environmental Harmony Award for 2008 and the CPChem President Environmental Harmony Award for 2007. Q-Chem also received the Gulf Countries Council's (GCC) prize for the best establishment meeting the standards in 2006.
Q-Chem was one of the pioneers in Qatar to reduce NOx emissions and upgrade treatment units and fired equipment to meet the new and more stringent environmental standards.
In 2009, Q-Chem had zero Safety and no major Environmental incidents. This was achieved even though Q-Chem II project work was in full swing inside Q-Chem plant. Q-Chem individual process and non-process groups were also successful in reducing wastes and demonstrating economical benefits while enhancing their efficiencies. Among many improvements, here are some, which helped Q-Chem reducing flaring, emissions, wastes and energy consumption, while increasing recycling reuse of resources; hence, increasing economic benefit and reliability.
Q-Chem voluntarily adopted the Smart LDAR Program and still the only one building it. This program allow Q-Chem to use IR cameras for qualitative scans on fugitive sources to locate emissions of VOCs and HAPs then use the sniffers to quantify emissions from leaking sources. Q-Chem was not first in Qatar to implement LDAR, but is now well ahead of all and is receiving many requests from industries asking help for building the same. Q-Chem is also the only industry in the Middle East who adopted Smart LDAR. Local authorities are using Q-Chem as a role model for other industries in LDAR area. Q-Chem objectives from Smart LDAR include reducing fugitive emissions, protecting the environment, enhancing efficiencies, saving resources, adding profit, and reducing exposures. Q-Chem surveyed 34,291 sources, found 228 leaking sources (all leaks video recoded for documentation), fixed 198 of those, and the balance of 30 sources need complete shutdown to fix. This will be done in due course. Q-Chem had started the SMART LDAR process at RLOC in May 2010 and will be completing by end of this year. Subsequently we do have a plan to do at Q-Chem II in 2011.
Chromium catalyst waste has been dramatically reduced over the last three successive years (70% reduction 2005 to 2006, another 57% reduction 2006 to 2007, and another 55.6% reduction from 2008 to 2009). Minimization of this waste stream eliminates hazardous waste that must be chemically stabilized prior to transport to a landfill. Main reasons much better product planning and re-activation of catalyst where possible rather than sending it to waste. The re-activation was started in early 2009.
Q-Chem has one of the best sulphur recovery efficiencies in sour gas in Qatar, with an efficiency of (99.7%). Still, environmental engineering section in Q-Chem works closely with Production group to enhance this and minimize emissions to environment by modeling the emissions of the different operational scenarios and coming up with the best philosophy of production to adopt as we change production or feed rates.
Q-Chem was the first company in Qatar to operate solid & liquid hazardous waste incinerator with a destruction efficiency of 99.99%. This minimizes our waste disposals to the landfills and converts our potential hazardous wastes to stabilized ones before safe storing.
Q-Chem is also one of the few companies that control and monitor the emissions at the point of discharge. We monitor all of the stacks, flares, process and sanitary wastewater treatment packages, seawater cooling water discharge, noise levels, and have trained & certified spill response team with two offshore spill response crafts, booms, skimmers, and solidifiers, and had trained and certified a HZMAT team for emergency response. All employees and contractors alike have to undergo the compulsory environmental awareness training before being admitted to work in the plant.
Like all other industries in Qatar , Q-Chem reports to the local authorities, land lord, and share holders on quarterly basis with our environmental key performance indicators. We are proud to tell that we had so far exceeded our own expectations. Q-Chem is committed to continue being a role model in the country.
Tips for you
How good are we in buying things?
Do we ask if the detergents we are buying are biodegradable? Do we check if the compressed gas items like insecticides and deodorants are CFC free before buying? Do we buy recycled papers or recycled plastic items? Do we buy vehicles that have catalytically reactors built in for minimum emissions? Do we buy one cleaning chemical that can do many things and not buy many chemicals each for one thing? And how much do we care when we use these chemicals? Do we buy dishwashers and laundry machines that use minimum water? And do we buy ovens or cockers that consume minimum power or gas?
Are we preserving our resources, reusing & recycling them, and reducing our wastes?
Do we use as minimum water as much when we take a shower or shave? Do we use photocopiers to print on the two faces of the papers? Do we use the old papers as drafts to write on and not just tear off and throw away? And do we use dry cell recharge-able batteries to minimize waste?
How much responsible are we towards our environment?
Do we stop others from throwing waste on the roads or beaches? Do we stop others from throwing wastes out from their car windows? Do we warn others from leaving wastes uncollected behind on beaches or public parks before leaving? Do we throw used oil on the ground or in the sewer system? Do we throw away Nickel-Cadmium or Lithium batteries in the trash bin (those are recyclable)? And do you advise others of the right actions when you spot them contributing to an environmental problem?
Are we committed to protect our environment?
What have you done recently for your environment at home, school, or work? Have you raised a notification or complaint to any industry, which you believe is causing harm to your environment? Have you arranged or assisted in any environmental activity that had added benefits to your environment? And, if you were in position to take action, would you stop an activity that makes money but contributes to the pollution in your environment?
Are we aware of what may be polluting our environment and affecting our health and safety?
Not only visible smoke from a flare stack or oil from a water discharge or waste dumped on ground is called pollution. There are other sources which we cannot see or even feel, like, but not limited to, noise pollution, radioactivity, micro-waves from telecommunication towers, magnetic fields from ultra-high voltage power lines, heavy metals in wastes dumped to the sea, river, lake, or land, invisible gases emitted to the atmosphere from vehicles and industries, and naturally occurring ones like earthquakes, volcanoes, and tornadoes. The list may grow up unless we act fast and firmly. But, we certainly need to educate ourselves on each one of these and plan how we act as individuals, groups, organizations, and states to resolve problems with corrective and permanent protective actions. We shall all work hand-by-hand towards a clean, healthy, and safe environment for a pleasant life and for next generations to thank us all.
Are we aware of the overall picture?
The environmental problems can be divided into local (our state), regional (us and neighboring countries), and global (all livings on earth). These problems are mostly due to lack of awareness, irresponsible and unreasonable actions, negligence and lack of commitment that would always lead to accidents and loss of control. Examples of these would be soil & groundwater contamination, water and air pollution, spills, excessive flaring of industries, and affecting public health. Such problems would initiate another more serious environmental problems such as acid rain, global warming, catastrophic release of toxic gases or radioactive materials, ozone depletion, and emission of more greenhouse gases. These problems affect all living species and cause bio-diversity problem and sometimes-serious damage to the ecological system, beside the effects on humans, plants and animals health. Companies and industries causing these accidents and environmental pollution also suffer from that, as they lose money cleaning up, paying penalties, high insurance and legal fees, and above all, lose their image and reliability.
What is Q-Chem doing?
Q-Chem's objective is to operate safely, reliably, and to protect the environment. Our mission is to meet and exceed the expectations of our customers, shareholders, employees, and community and we vision that by being a premier producer of petrochemicals to our respective markets while protecting the environment. We have an inclusive environmental awareness program for our employees and contractors, adopt the most stringent standard set by local authorities and shareholders, and use the most advanced environmental tools and programs not only to be operating safe in our environment, but also to be rehabilitating it from any past impact. We trust we are investing for the future and trust that the revenue is worth.