The Energy Institute Middle East branch and the Institution of Fire Engineers, UAE, held an event on 12 November that examined how local organisations are managing the risks associated with fire hazards in today's rapidly developing Middle East market.
The conference sponsored by ABB and supported by the HCT - Abu Dhabi Men’s College provided Chemical Engineering students with the opportunity to network with professional delegates seeking CPD, and engage in the discussion about process safety management and risk management in the UAE. The pillar of the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 is Emiratisation whereby the UAE government aims to employ its citizens in a meaningful and efficient manner in the public and private sectors. Therefore it is vitally important that the Managers of tomorrow understand the incidents that have happened in the oil and gas industry in the past decades, and the measures that are being taken to avoid future incidents.
Speakers included David Charters, Committee Chairperson for the British Standards Institute, who covered the local need for standards and the various codes of practice for fire safety. Graeme Ellis, Principal Consultant for ABB and member of the Energy Institute’s Process Safety Committee spoke about retrospective Process Hazard Reviews and typical weaknesses that are found in the UAE. Peter Stephenson, Chairman of the newly formed Institution of Fire Engineers, UAE, opened the event with some scene setting information and videos about explosions and fires in the oil and gas industry in the last few decades, and led the panel discussion which concluded that standards and good practice are there to prevent major disasters but energy professionals must not allow complacency to set in.
Our thanks to ABB for sponsoring this event which was co-sponsored by the IChemE, IOSh and Fire Middle East Magazine.