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Doha, Qatar - 8 October 2012: RasGas Company Limited (RasGas) yesterday recognised 75 students from three secondary schools across Qatar for successfully completing the Safety Ambassadors Programme in the 2011-2012 academic year. Having received much interest and support from educators and industry peers, RasGas plans to roll out the programme to ten schools this academic year.

Since the Programme’s launch in 2010, it has been piloted at both English and Arabic schools with plans to introduce it to more schools in Doha and Al Khor over the next twelve months.

"RasGas' Safety Ambassadors programme stimulates interest in occupational health and safety as a career for young students in Qatar. This programme not only nurtures and develops safety and health awareness as a necessary life skill but it also builds a foundation for creating a reservoir of talent for the future oil and gas sector," said Hamad Rashid Al Mohannadi, RasGas Managing Director.

The Programme is delivered over 6 to 8 hours as part of the school standard curriculum or as an extra-curricular activity. To apply the theory they have learnt to real life, students attended the RasGas Safety Training Centre in Ras Laffan to understand how the company addresses the safety challenges it faces day-to-day. The Programme was developed in collaboration with the British Safety Council ensuring participants receive internationally-recognised qualifications.

"Through our work with RasGas on this programme, we have witnessed first-hand the company’s commitment to safety and the Qatar National Vision 2030 human development pillar," said Neal Stone, Director of Policy and Communications at the British Safety Council in the UK.

The programme received the Qatar Petroleum Industrial Oil and Gas Award for Innovation in September 2012, making RasGas the first company to win an award in this category. Educators wishing to introduce the Programme to their schools can contact Arjovee Ipong at 4473-4405 or David Anderson at 4473-4416 on weekdays between 7:00am and 3:00pm.

Representatives from Al Khor International School (AKIS), Mosab Bin Omair Secondary Independent School for Boys and Al Khor Girls Secondary Independent School receive recognition awards for the schools’ participation in the 2011-2012 programme.

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