Qatar’s Organized Responders to OSR

In the State of Qatar the principal organization for oil spill response is Qatar Petroleum’s (QP) Oil Spill & Emergency Response Department (OS&ERD). It is responsible for state wide oil spill response operations including but not limited to oil spill preparedness, combat and recovery operations for Qatar Petroleum, and the areas assigned under responsibility of the State of Qatar.

That said, in the event of an oil spill in Doha Port, the Doha Port Management Company is responsible for responding to an oil spill and clean-up operation. OS&ERD monitors the operations and provides necessary support when needed.

During Q1 2011 Qatar Petroleum issued a tender for the supply of skilled personnel, services including supervision, management, in the form oil spill manpower support. The requirement stipulated that the winning bidder would be responsible for operating and maintaining all of OS&ERD oil spill recovery equipment. In cooperation with its local partner, IECO Petroleum Services, Lamor Corporation was the successful bidder for the three year contract.

In its scope of work Lamor has delivered management, supervisors, senior oil spill responders, oil spill responders and maintenance staff who will work in cooperation with OS&ERD staff. During any future oil spill incident, Lamor personnel will be involved directly as a part of the OS&ERD operation.

The OS&ERD is responsible for all offshore oil recovery and clean-up operations, which include Halul Island and various QP platforms coupled with the North Field. In addition to covering offshore assets OS&ERD must also respond to land based oil spill recovery and clean-up operations at the following locations: Dukhan operational area, Ras Laffan Industrial City, Mesaieed Industrial City, QP Refinery and any area affected by an oil spill incident.

Text: Geraint Richards