Health & Safety
Health and Safety at Umm Al Houl
Umm Al Houl Power Company (UHP) is committed to safeguard the Health, Safety and Environment of its employees, contractors, clients and the public at large. The management and employees of UHP is committed to understand, meet and exceed our Customer’s requirements and needs through continual improvement of our operation and maintenance processes. UHP is dedicated to eliminate the sources of incidents, environmental hazards and to lessen their risk and impact by stressing involvement, consultation and teamwork. All employees and contractors are empowered to help develop a safe workplace and safe environment; safe system of work, good working habits and at all times to participate in Health, Safety and Environmental programs.
Our Commitment towards Health and Safety
- A clear and visible commitment from the management, which implies effective measures to enhance HSE at work.
- A clear involvement and visible commitment from, the management and senior staff as to the importance of HSE and well-being at work and that is an integral part of everyone’s task and empowerment of employees through trainings, coaching and supervision.
- Everyone has a responsibility in preventing injury/ill health to himself, to colleagues, to the public and preventing harm to the environment.
- Constructive and open communication with immediate action to situations involving HSE issues.
A search for continual improvement based on:
- Use of risk based analytical techniques.
- Implementation of “lessons learned” from incidents or near miss incidents.
Knowledge of HSE matters build up as it is essential for everyone to achieve HSE Excellence:
- General and Specific training will lead to increased awareness in each person.
- HSE is part of the staff, contractors and other services qualification process.
- HSE is part of management and staff evaluation and reward.
- The establishment of good working relationships with national, regional and local authorities.
The Safety Section provides continuous monitoring and coaching to ensure everyone is align with the HSE Management System. It further develops campaigns and program that bolster knowledge and awareness. The facility has recently celebrated significant H&S milestones, 1,000 Days and 2 Million Safe Man-hours without a single lost time incident since the 1st day of RO Commercial Operation. Umm Al Houl further aims to align its current H&S Framework to ISO 45001.
As largest Power and Desalination Facility in Qatar gives us a great sense of pride. However, it puts huge responsibility on us to lead the path and set high standards in the path. We operate our Company in order to ensure that our obligations to the society, our employees, and the shareholders are met in a sustainable way. It is our mission to provide the community with the most reliable power and water by continuous improving our operations, strict compliance with environmental regulations, and support the society in its development.
Umm Alhoul Power contribute immensely, to the development of the Qatari economy and ensure long-term economic and social benefits to the overall development of Qatar. The power plant supply up to 2,520 MW of electricity and 590,000m³ (136 million gallons) of drinking water a day to 2.5 million homes in the area. Umm AlHoul power is a major component of the utility sector, which is the largest contributor to economic growth. Bearing in mind that UHP covers 30% of Qatar’s electricity needs and 40% of its water needs, the project evidently contributes significantly to the growth of the service sector needs that will lead to the 3.9% Growth contribution in Qatar’s GDP. Which is line with the Qatar national vision 2030.
The Umm Al Houl Power maximizes utilization of Qatar’s natural resources to ensure maximum output of water and electricity in order to meet its targets. UHP burns natural gas to produce electricity and utilize the salty water, which is one of Qatar’s natural resources, and desalinate it to provide drinking water.
The plant is very much committed to utilizing Qatar gas as a raw material that is available in Qatar to run its plant.
Umm Al Houl Power establishes the commercial viability for reverse osmosis (RO) technology for Qatar as evidenced by the high level of interest from all major global RO developers at the bidding stage of the procurement.
Umm Al Houl Power validates the attractiveness of long-term project financing as a source of private funding for large national infrastructure projects.
Environmental sustainability is one of the core values of UHP - we seek to minimize the adverse environmental impacts of our operations and businesses processes. Keeping in line with Qatar’s 2030 vision for environmental sustainability, UHP wants to balance economic growth and social development with environmental protection.
To align our operation with the National vision, UHP follows a stringent environmental monitoring system to maximize environmental protection. UHP is an Independent Water and Power Project, the company adheres to national and international standards for environmental sustainability.
The monitoring system tracks various environmental components such as marine ecology, intake and effluent, groundwater, air quality, noise and waste management.
In order to maintain the air quality in the State of Qatar, Umm Al Houl Company monitoring emissions closely to be within the limits specified in Consent to Operate (CTO) issued by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), that is through combination of most advanced technologies and controls in power and water production sector, such as NOx-reduction technology, Continuous Emission Monitoring system (CEMS), Leak Detection and Rectification (LDAR) system, heat recovery system, Co2 gas recovery from MSF vents ... etc.
Water Use and EffluentsUHP has adequate waste water treatment systems that together ensure appropriate treatment methodologies according to local and National standards, the treated effluent water from sanitary treatment plant is effectively reused for onsite landscaping.
Operations at UHP may occasionally generate other waste material during the process of operation, maintenance, equipment outages or expansion of facilities. In line with the Qatar National Vision 2030, UHP ensures sustainable waste disposal. An in-depth and thorough plan for sustainable waste disposal is created before any planned operation that will result in any waste.
Corporate Social Responsibility
“Sustainability Approach in Energy Generation and Water Desalination”
Conducted for Engineering Students, which was in partnership with our OEMs Siemens AG & Acciona Agua. The Workshop designed to bring awareness of the new technologies in the energy generation and seawater desalination,
and how it’s aligned with Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
“Human Driven Impacts on The Marine Health of The Arabian Gulf”
Qatar University workshop Designed to study the potential impacts of desalination activities on the Arabian Gulf. The workshop covered broad aspects regarding the marine health of the Arabian Gulf. In addition to desalination processes and brine discharge, it will cover different human driven impacts on the Gulf. Moreover, Mitigation and restoration measures will be place under the spotlight with innovative approaches to protect the marine environment. UHP support this research project by all what they need.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
UHP support research studies taken by Qatar University research and development department funded by NPRP, that studies the Impact of the industries on the marine health.
A Blood donation camp held on April 25 2019 at Umm AlHoul Power Plant where employees along with UHP’s Contractors and Sub-Contractors activity participated and donated blood.
UHP sponsored the Umm AL Houl Cup in the Qatar Equestrian and Horsing Racing competition held on November 13 2019
Internship and training programs
Students from Qatar University and fresh graduate engineers from Kahramaa attended training programs in UHP to understand the application of various field of engineering in a power generating and water desalination plant. The duration of the training is from 1 month to 2 years.
As one of the largest Power generation and water desalination company, UHP receiving many site visitors
- In partnership with the ministry of environment “Urban planning forum” UHP received a international visitors
- Students from different universities ( Taxes A & M and Qatar university ) every quarter for industrial visit