HSE Department overview

 

Safety to KNPC is a core value that enjoys exceptional importance.

 

HSE Department overview

Awareness Campaigns
 
KNPC Focus on Health, Safety and Environment is a cornerstone in its best practice policy. HSE performance is closely linked with progress potentials as no progress can even be conceived unless the safety of employees and assets is maintained and guaranteed. This genuine interest in HSE performance is reflected in the priority being given to the implementation of the HSE standards and the commitment to uplift HSE image and behavior   across the company sites. It is also shown in the  unstoppable efforts to raise awareness among the company staff as well as among  the contractor employees. More than 15 campaigns were carried out during this period including a dozen of  schools of different stages.
 
The  Company held a special ceremony in May2012 for the C&MD Annual HSE Performance  Award Scheme which focuses on recognition of outstanding performance, innovation and achievements at all company installations, associated contractors and other stakeholders with a view to promoting  interest in the HSE practice. The awards handing over ceremony became an annual happening to which leaderships of the oil sector are invited and in which those individuals, teams or departments that made distinguished accomplishments in the Health, Safety and Environment protection areas are recognized and honored for their outstanding performance. This experience was expanded this year to include the public where prizes were awarded to several schools or individuals.
 
Teams from the company, comprising some employees from HSE department also paid regular visits to 10 schools during this year for talk on health, safety and environment to the student who showed deep interest for being shared with this information about KNPC and the oil sector business as well as on safety precaution and standards.
 
The company also conducted a campaign to promote the culture of safe driving and safety roads, which covered all company sites. The campaign coincided with the Gulf Traffic Day.
In February 2013, the company organized a workshop for contractors under the title of “Safety for Contractors” which was joined by a large number of the contractor employees, included an extensive debate on safety on KNPC working sites, and underlined the importance of being committed to the company health, safety and environment regulations and standards.
 
In the field of health awareness, the company implemented a number of awareness campaigns to address the preventive measures against common diseases and the best methods to live with the permanent diseases such as diabetes, hyperactive blood pressure and others. On the other hand, the Ministry of Health honored KNPC for the third consecutive year for winning the first place in blood donation.
KNPC employees provided the Blood Bank with 1372 units through several blood donation campaigns arranged at all company sites. The ministry hailed the company employees spirit of generously providing it with this precious lifesaving staff.
 
With regard to environment initiatives, the company sponsored several activities intended to raise awareness of environment protection such as participation in the world Earth Day celebration on 26 April 2012. A special function was conducted at Kuwait Scientific Centre in which a number of students at Engineering & Petroleum Faculty at Kuwait University presented their graduation projects, which concentrated on reduction of gas emissions. The event also included screening a number of documentary films about KNPC and especially its contribution to Kuwait environment protection.
 
KNPC also observed the International Water Day  which was held at the Kuwait Scientific Center to which leaderships of the oil sector were invited and consisted of lectures and related exhibition reflecting the company efforts to  combat pollution with special emphasis on its Waste Water Treatment facilities project, wastes management and  other environmental achievements.
 
Training Programs
Safety center at MAA continued to conduct programs, sessions and workshops for the benefits of thousands of employees from the company and the contracting firms. The center received this year 58144 employees who were enlisted in 4614 training programs.  A large part of the attendees was in fact from the contractor employees. A special workshop was also arranged for a selected group of major contractors, in view of the special attention being given to Health, Safety and Environment performance in the company
 
Emergency Response Plan ERP
The company has successfully started implementing the Emergency Response Plan (ERP), which replaced the previous scheme of Major Incidents Prevention Procedures (MIPP), which is still valid until now. Under the new ERP, the oil refineries, the Local Marketing and other KNPC sites continued to conduct elaborate drills tailored to face crises in case  of their occurrence.
 
Environmental Projects
With regard to environment, the company continued to implement a wide range of projects intended for combating pollution from its source. Among that project are the following:
 
-   Odor Management Project, This project is based on leak detection and repair in the refineries. This process will improve the work environment, which will become much safer and more favorable to the employees. Besides that, leak detection and repair generates profit. As an example the saved products as a result to emission reduction in the refineries reached, during the current fiscal year, to 3644 tons which otherwise would have been totally wasted.
 
-   Upgrade of Obsolete Fire Detection, Alarm Suppression Systems Including the Phase - Out of Halon System:
 
-   The objective of this project is to replace the Halon system along with fire alarm systems in the three refineries as well as the Local Marketing facilities including tanks, process areas, substations and other buildings. Sanctioned budget for the project totaled KD 83.7 million.
 
-   New Tail Gas Treatment Unit at MAA: The new unit that will be installed at Mina Ahmadi Refinery will have an equivalent capacity to the existing one. It will fulfill the requirement of the K-EPA in cutting down the tail gas emissions to no more than 250 part per million
 
-   Revamp of Effluent Treatment Facilities at the Three Refineries
 
-   The project was designed to upgrade the existing facilities for treatment of the waste water at the three refineries through an integrated treatment system. In order to meet the mandatory industrial water discharge stipulated by K-EPA, the two-phase project was completed as two phases were combined in one project.
 
-   Flare Gas Recovery Unit at MAA
 
-   Flare Gas Recovery Unit at MAB
 
-   The second phase of Vapor Recovery Project, which comprises the local marketing filling stations after the project, proved to be feasible following its installation at Sabhan and Ahmadi depots.
 
-   Acid Gas Removal unit (AGRP) at MAA and rehabilitation of the existing one.
 
CERTIFICATES & AWARDS
KNPC won during this year four out of five KPC CEO Awards for HSE performance. Four teams from KNPC were selected to win awards for their outstanding performance in the HSE areas, which deserved the recognition; recording the Flare Gas Recovery Project in the Clean Development Mechanism of the UN Framework convention for Climate Change was among those recognized projects.
The company sites won the merit award of the British Safety Council for outstanding HSE performance.
The company three refineries, the Local Marketing and The Projects Department were also awarded the RoSPA prize for HSE performance.