RT Refinery Clean Fuels Project records 45 million safe man-hours
Despite the outbreak of COVID-19, project workers exhibited excellence in safety in extreme weather conditions and with a multicultural mix of workers.
The Ras Tanura Refinery (RTR) Clean Fuels Project achieved 45 million safe man-hours without a single work-related fatality or lost time incident since the construction began in July 2017. This distinct safety achievement, reached in a complex brown field environment in the extreme conditions of temperature and humidity, an extraordinary multicultural mix of workers — with the consequent communication and coordination problems — was the result of a collaborative effort made by the Integrated Project Team.
Refining & NGL Projects Department (R&NGLPD) focused on identifying and controlling hazards, reducing exposure to health and safety risks, as well as supporting the general health and well-being of the project team members.
Moreover, the project was able to continue working toward the record despite the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic – mostly by maintaining strict compliance and adherence to the precautionary measures set by the Ministry of Health. Not only that, the project also took additional measures such as the deployment of portable voice amplifiers to ensure social distancing at the construction site.
The project also controlled the spread by increasing the number of buses transporting workers from and to the construction site.
The RTR Clean Fuels Project will provide facilities to support Aramco’s corporate objective of effectively supplying diesel and gasoline products that comply with the future gasoline and diesel quality specifications as per Euro-V fuels quality standards. The new naphtha complex plants that will be installed as part of the project at RTR will be comprised of a 138,000 barrel per day (bpd) naphtha hydrotreater, a 90,000 bpd reforming unit, and a 65,000 bpd isomerization unit, which are classified as the world’s largest naphtha processing facilities.