GE Gas Power (NYSE: GE) hosted the ‘EHS in Focus Workshop’ in Baghdad in collaboration with the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity (MOE). The aim of the forum was to further strengthen awareness on and exchange learnings around environment, health, and safety (EHS) systems and programs. More than 80 officials from the Iraqi MOE, including plant managers, operations managers, EHS managers, and maintenance managers from power plants across the country, as well as senior executives from the MOE’s headquarters in Baghdad, attended the event.
Mr. Murtadha Hussein Mahdi, Director General of the Technical Department of the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity said, “We are pleased to collaborate with global companies such as GE that strongly emphasize the need for environment, health, and safety protocols, to safeguard our staff and country. We recognize that a clear roadmap to support EHS requirements on ongoing and upcoming projects is crucial, and workshops such as this one, help to keep health and safety a priority.”
Adel Omrani, CEO of Services at GE Gas Power Middle East & North Africa said, “At GE, we are committed to environment, health, and safety excellence to protect people, our communities, and the environment in Iraq and around the world. We are honored to collaborate with the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity, to support even better EHS outcomes through this workshop. During the event, we reiterated the importance of having standardized risk-based initiatives to reduce risk and injuries at work and demonstrated how a strong EHS program that is built on a spirit of transparency, data collection, analysis, and empowerment can lead to continuous improvement.”
GE’s senior EHS leaders were present in person during the event, sharing best practices to manage and reduce risk, monitor and evaluate performance, and drive operational accountability. They also went over the EHS support available from GE to the MOE and explained specific new initiatives launched in Iraq at power plants where GE provides construction, operations, maintenance, repairs, and other services and initiatives, such as risk reduction projects, including lock out tag out (LOTO). LOTO is a safety procedure used to ensure that dangerous equipment is properly shut off and not able to be started up again prior to the completion of maintenance or repair works.
GE has supported the development of energy infrastructure in Iraq for over 50 years. The company has helped to build and service power plants and grid substations; rehabilitate power plants in liberated areas across Iraq; implement innovations such as the Advanced Gas Path (AGP) upgrade solution to enhance the performance of installed gas turbines; train local professionals servicing the power sector; and more. Together with the Iraqi Ministries of Planning, Finance, and Electricity, GE has also collaborated with various financial institutions to help obtain over $2.4 billion in funding since 2015 for energy sector projects in the country.
Source: Asda'a BCW