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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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