Date(s) - 12 October 2015
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EQUATE Petrochemical Company, Kuwait’s first international joint-venture in this industry, sponsored the 1st Responsible Care (RC) Conference 2015 by the Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association (GPCA).
EQUATE President & CEO Mohammad Husain said, “RC is a critical element for sustainability in our industry and applying its principles is a true embodiment of EQUATE’s commitment to the wellbeing and safety of individuals, the environment and societies as a whole. The GPCA RC Conference 2015 is an excellent opportunity to manifest our ‘Partners in Success’ slogan with stakeholders from around the globe on RC relevant topics and other fields of sustainability.”
Husain added, “During 2014, the Gulf countries’ total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) exceeded USD 1.6 trillion. Out of that total, the industrial sector, including chemicals and petrochemicals, had a share of almost 10%. At the same time, the petrochemical and chemical industries represent the Gulf’s second main of income after petroleum. Therefore, the overall sustainability and development of the petrochemical industry, through RC and other fundamentals, would have a positive impact on the future of Gulf countries.”
EQUATE is the first Kuwaiti organization to receive the certification and accreditation of RC, which is an international voluntary initiative of the global chemical industry to address Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) at all relevant levels.
As part of its participation in the conference, EQUATE sponsored a professor and students from the College of Engineering & Petroleum at Kuwait University to attend the event and interact with other delegates. The college is represented by faculty member from the Department of Chemical engineering Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Musallam, as well as the students, Yousef Al-Shamlan and Mohammad Al-Ajmi. EQUATE’s sponsorship of the professor and the students for this event and other previous GPCA activities is part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the college during 2008 for overall partnership and cooperation in industrial and academic fields.
The 1st GPCA RC Conference 2015, is held in Dubai, UAE, from October 11-13. Under the theme “Next steps in the Responsible Care journey,” the conference gathers top executives from petrochemical and chemical companies, as well as government bodies and other entities to discuss various RC topics.
Established in 1995 as Kuwait’s first international joint-venture in this industry, EQUATE Petrochemical Company (EQUATE) embodies its “Partners in Success” slogan through the partnership between Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC), The Dow Chemical Company (Dow), Boubyan Petrochemical Company (BPC) and Qurain Petrochemical Industries Company (QPIC). Commencing production in 1997, EQUATE is currently the owner and single-operator of several fully integrated world-class petrochemical units, within the Greater EQUATE joint-venture, that annually produce over 5 million tons of the highest quality grades of Ethylene, Polyethylene (PE), Ethylene Glycol (EG), Polypropylene (PP), Styrene Monomer (SM), Paraxylene (PX), Heavy Aromatics (HA) and Benzene (BZ). The products are marketed throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe. Alongside with being a leading industrial organization, EQUATE dedicates its utmost commitment and care to overall sustainability wherever it operates in cooperation with public and private bodies, including employees, the society and customers, in all relevant fields, such as human development, environment, education, health and public awareness. www.equate.com.
With EQUATE as one of its founding members, the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) represents the downstream hydrocarbon industry in the Arabian Gulf. Established in 2006, the association voices the common interests of more than 240 member companies from the chemical and allied industries, accounting for over 95% of chemical output in the Gulf region. The industry makes up the second largest manufacturing sector in the region, producing up to US$102billion worth of products a year. www.gpca.org.ae.