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Doha, Qatar – 14 April, 2013: RasGas Company Limited (RasGas) recently organised a high profile 5-day workshop on reliability sustainment and improvement at the RasGas premises in Ras Laffan, with the participation of shareholders Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil RasGas Inc. (ExxonMobil), in addition to representatives from Qatargas.

The workshop was conducted to foster and facilitate excellence and continuous improvement in reliability and volumes performance. It was also aimed at providing an opportunity for RasGas and its shareholders to obtain comprehensive insights on the status of reliability improvement plans and issues through the dimensions of management processes, equipment and technology issues, people competencies and capabilities and to share best practices in this regard.

The workshop was also aimed at enhancing individual participants' skills and collective organisational knowledge through the interactive forum, with presentations, quality discussions, field visits and breakthrough actions identification.

"People are the major contributors to high reliability, which results in good safety performance and process safety, critical to RasGas' success," said Hamad Rashid Al Mohannadi, Chief Executive Officer of RasGas.

"We always focus on reliability as it safeguards RasGas' reputation as a reliable supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG)," he said, adding that RasGas Train 5 marked 99.78% reliability in 2012, which is one of the best in the world.

Bart Cahir, President and General Manager of ExxonMobil Qatar Inc. said that risk management with focus on equipment, people and processes is fundamental for high reliability. He also appreciated the efforts RasGas' Operations Group has made to ensure the reliability and integrity of these world-class assets.

Hamad Al-Ejji from the Best Practice Technical Committee of Qatar Petroleum said reliability is a very important aspect to achieve the maximum availability. "Reliability can be achieved using many methods but most importantly managing these methods will help us reach our goals more efficiently. Sufficient reliability structure will result in more benefits and less gaps to overcome," he said.

The workshop facilitators commented that the key to reliability success is people with experience, the right competencies, empowerment and good judgement. They also suggested reliability be managed like safety with a systematic approach for reliability sustainment.

Also discussed was the notion that strong leadership is a critical success factor for reliability focus, especially in the "Prevent, Detect, Respond and Recover" mind-set.

Participants also commented that achieving the right balance between function and asset in a matrix organisation with buy-in to asset objectives by the function and enhancing field ownership and accountability is critical to the success of an organisation, especially in increasing reliability.

The workshop was attended by more than 100 people, including global operations managers and subject matter experts from ExxonMobil's functional headquarters in Houston, Texas. RasGas was represented by the CEP, the Operations Group, the Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Group, and the Management Services Group. Field visits to the RasGas facilities were also organised as part of the workshop.

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