GPIC achieves production milestone
Manama, December 27, 2010
The Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) achieved 820 continuous days of production without a single shutdown at its urea plant, it was revealed.
Company general manager Abdul Rahman Jawahery said they had been able to achieve a record 450 tonnes of ammonia, methanol and urea production every day at their Sitra plant this year.
'This has been possible due to the very high safety standards that we have followed,' he said addressing employees during the company's 31st anniversary celebrations.
The event, at the Ritz-Carton Bahrain, Hotel and Spa, was held under the patronage of company chairman and Prime Minister's adviser on oil and gas affairs Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa.
'In addition to production, safety, environment and marketing achievements, the urea plant was able to register international records of continuous production by registering 820 successive days of production without any shutdown,' he said.
'The year also witnessed the opening of the carbon dioxide recovery unit with a high level of efficiency and production capacity exceeding 450 tonnes daily.'
He said the project, the first of its kind in the Middle East, contributed to increasing the output of the urea and methanol plants by around eight per cent.
'Production of ammonia reached 417,591 tonnes, methanol 406,215 tonnes and urea 611,593 tonnes.'
Jawahery praised the efforts by the company employees and their contributions and said in spite of the global financial crisis, the company continued on its declared strategy of making 2010 a year of achievements.
He said among the achievements was the Outstanding Organisation Award for the training and development of human resources from Bahrain's Labour Ministry and the GCC award for the best Gulf company for the localisation of jobs and development of manpower for the second time in a row.
'We also won the Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents award for being the best company in the world in the chemical industries sector in the fields of occupational safety, health and environment,' he said.
'The GPIC won the International Safety Award from the British Safety Council for the third successive time and another award for effective communication was bagged by the GPIC Toastmasters Club.'
He said the company was also selected to become the first Middle East organisation to receive the RC 14001:2008 certification.
During the event, long-serving employees, who completed five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of continuous service were honoured. Also recognised were the recently retired employees, hard working employees and the best department in 2010.-TradeArabia News Service