Qatar gas' Jetty Boil-off Gas (JBOG) Project, in cooperation with the Ras Laffan Industrial City's (RLIC) Environment Division, has organized a tree plantation day at the RLIC Conservation Area. The event was attended by volunteers from Qatargas' Jetty Boil-off gas (JBOG) Project team, Public Relations and Environmental Affairs departments as well as contractors working on the JBOG project.
The conservation area, operated and maintained by RLIC's Environmental Division as part of its commitment to the protection and conservation of natural resources and wildlife, includes native trees and plants, a mango plantation, and some animals and birds such as Oryx, Gazelle, Ostrich, Reem, Peacock and Houbara. It has a total area of 176,000 Square meters and is located close to the main security gate of RLIC.
The Qatargas team planted a large number of Neem trees at a long stretch in the middle of the conservation area. This initiative came close on the heels of another initiative by the JBOG project team to provide rest shelters for animals, made out of waste packing material, in this natural habitat.
Commenting on Qatargas' participation in the event, Mansour Rashid Al Naimi, Public Relations Manager, Qatargas, said, "Our participation in this event stems from Qatargas' corporate citizenship initiatives that promote sustainable development through conservation of our natural resources, which is very crucial as far as our future generations are concerned. This initiative is also aimed at promoting voluntary work among the staff for social and environmental causes. We look forward to participating in similar initiatives in future as well."
Bashir Mirza, JBOG Project Manager, added, "I am delighted that this green initiative by the JBOG Project has attracted wide participation. I thank all the volunteers from Qatargas, its contractors and RLIC who participated in this worthy activity. In the past, we had organized a clean-up day on the RLIC beach, underscoring our environmental responsibility. The JBOG Project itself is an environmental project which contributes significantly towards a greener Qatar, as it will minimize LNG boil-off gas flaring at LNG berths, reducing emissions and promoting recovery of otherwise wasted gas."
James Baldwin, Qatargas Environmental Affairs Manager, commented, "Qatargas is concerned with promoting environmental education and awareness and as part of its corporate citizenship initiatives is actively involved with local schools and environmental organizations to promote the message of environmental protection and management and acknowledge and develop the role that responsible industry should play in this."
Neem is a fast-growing tree that can reach a height of 15-20 metres (49-66 feet), rarely to 35-40 metres (115 -130 feet). It is evergreen, and is one of the very few shade-giving trees that thrive in the drought-prone areas like Qatar.