Mannan Discusses Process Safety at World Conference on Safety of Oil, Gas Industry

COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Oct. 12, 2010 – Discussing the status and trends in process safety technology employed throughout the world, M. Sam Mannan, director of the Texas A&M University System Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M University, delivered a keynote address at the 2010 3rd World Conference on the Safety of Oil & Gas Industry (WCOGI) in Beijing.

Mannan, who holds the title of regents professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M, presented “Globalization and its Challenges in Industrial Process Safety” as part of the conference. This year’s conference theme was “Building the Human Centered Safety System for Oil & Gas Industry.”

Mannan, a professional engineer and certified safety professional, is an internationally recognized expert on process safety and risk assessment. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration and National Fire Protection Association. In addition to his many professional honors and achievements, Mannan has served as a consultant to numerous entities in both the academic and private sectors, including the Columbia Accident Investigation Board.

WCOGI was launched in 2006 by government departments and universities related to the oil and gas production safety from the United States, Korea and several European countries. The international conference is held in a different country every two years.

This year’s conference was sponsored by HSE Department of China National Petroleum Corporation, Safety and Environmental Protection Bureau of China Petrochemical Corporation and HSE Department of China National Offshore Oil Corporation.

WCOGI aims to strengthen the international academic exchanges and cooperation for oil and natural gas safety science and engineering, promote the applications of modern safety science and technology in oil and gas industry, improve the establishment of a people-oriented oil and natural gas safety engineering technology system, reduce the oil industry accidents as well as production losses, and realize the essence of security of oil and gas production. Full Story