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Servicing the Oil and Gas Sector

January, 2015

Servicing the Oil and Gas Sector

The moratorium on fresh drilling in the North Field is expected to remain in effect until at least 2016. Sustaining production elsewhere requires the highest levels of technology available, as although Qatari are encouraged through incentives to compete for state contracts, the carbonate geography holding Qatar’s hydrocarbons wealth requires a high level of technical capability. In 2013, Qatar drilled 28 shallow-water gas wells, contributing to a total production of 375 mcm (13.2 bcf) of natural gas per day. It is estimated that when the moratorium is lifted, the figure could swell to as high as 405 mcm (14.5 bcf) per day.

Considering such a high volume of production, The Link spoke to GWC’s Hazmat Department about the support services necessary to cater to the intricate and highly technical demands of the Oil and Gas industry in Qatar. Here are their responses:

What differentiates the needs of Oil and Gas clients from other clients in the region?

Providing logistics support to Oil and Gas industry is always challenging and interesting. The nature of the job involves the handling of sensitive, high value, oversize cargos and dangerous goods with full compliance to the highest safety standards and, more critically, ensuring timely delivery to avoid extremely high financial impact of production downtime.

The Oil and Gas industry across the world operates in some of the most extreme conditions and it is highly dependent upon a complex network of supply chains for the timely delivery of materials, equipment and people when needed. Most of the logistics activities are common and generic for other industry verticals but the Oil and Gas industry presents unique and challenging problems. We often have to be creative to develop a customized and viable solution to capitalize and fulfill opportunities when off-the-shelf solutions don’t fit.

What are the considerations that must be given for the logistics end of the oil and gas operations?

Worker safety is the first consideration among every Oil and Gas company regardless of work location, whether it is a logistics base, rig or an office. Safety is our key focus when working on an Oil and Gas project, and we ensure this with an effective HSE strategy, safety trainings and deploying employees with safety awareness as a first step.

Secondly, geographical proximity and specialized services that exceeds customer expectations are key focus areas. From freight, inventory management to storage and dispatch, every stage is critical and special attention is needed for wide range of materials required for complex operations.

Business collaboration with the Oil and Gas sector is equally beneficial as it drives continuous improvement of the organization. For instance GPCA (Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association) and its member companies’ “Responsive Care” initiative helps to build confidence and trust in the industry that is essential for sustainability.

What are the Oil & Gas Industry specific services offered by GWC?

To cater to the specialist need of Qatar’s oil, gas and petrochemical companies, GWC operates state-of-the-art logistics bases in Ras Laffan and Mesaieed Industrial cities.

GWC offers supply base facilities and services to support offshore exploration, drilling and production operations, comprehensive Freight, Customs Clearance and Transportation solutions, Warehousing and Inventory management of general cargo, equipment and dangerous goods, tubular and casing management, vessel and helicopter coordination services for drilling campaign.

What controls must be enforced when handling dangerous goods?

GWC has been involved in dangerous goods warehousing since 2014 and successfully managed more than 75,000 pallets of dangerous goods and bulk volume movements and handling an average volume of 40+ pallets on a daily basis.

GWC operates two flagship hazmat warehouses in Qatar, the first such 3rd party logistics facility in the country. Warehouses are equipped with word class security and safety systems and operation is handled by highly trained hazmat operators.

Prior to accepting dangerous goods we always ensure we have a copy of Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) which contains information on the potential hazards and how to work safely with the chemical products.

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