May 18, 2020

Sadara Project achieves 80 million construction man-hours without a Lost Time Incident

John O'Hanlon
2 min
Sadara Project achieves 80 million construction man-hours without a Lost Time Incident

Oilfield services company KBR's work on Sadara Chemical Company's project in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, continues to be a shining example of KBR's commitment to being a customer-focused team with high standards for execution excellence and Zero Harm. On August 24th, 2015, the Sadara Chemical Project achieved 80 million construction man-hours without a Lost Time Incident (LTI).

KBR was recently recognized with an award for its work on this project at the sixth annual International Refining and Petrochemical Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and we are proud to be announcing yet another significant milestone.

KBR has successfully executed the project feasibility and pre-FEED for the entire complex, as well as the FEED scopes of several major assets. KBR is currently the primary project management resource provider and has about 660 specialized personnel at the Jubail site, where the Sadara Project has achieved an impressive OSHA Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) of 0.035. KBR's leadership, collaboration with Sadara's project teams and EHS Governance management have contributed to achieving the Project's excellent safety performance. This is an extraordinary accomplishment, with approximately 44,000 construction workers on site.

KBR's culture of Zero Harm requires a full commitment by every employee throughout the organization. The KBR on-site team performed hundreds of joint safety walkthroughs with the Project Management Team (PMT) and their construction contractors.

Every employee receives Sadara site induction training as well as specialized training for PMTs and contractors to ensure all personnel on site are familiar with the appropriate HSSE programs covering a range of safety values including hazard recognition and how to mitigate hazards.

Safety is further reinforced through safety observations and by empowering employees to recognize and intervene on at-risk behaviours or conditions requiring improvement. This provides opportunities for employee development and coaching in a learning environment.

"The KBR employees supporting the Sadara team illustrate what One KBR is all about. KBR is committed to delivering on our promises through collaboration with clients, contractors, vendors and the community," said Jay Ibrahim, KBR's Middle East North Africa (MENA) President. "By having the courage to care we are able to achieve Zero Harm."

The Sadara Chemical Project is currently in the construction phase for what will be the world's largest chemical complex ever built in a single phase. With 26 integrated world-scale manufacturing plants that will produce more than three million tons of products every year, it is anticipated that Sadara will become a Fortune 500 company within the first year of full operation.

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Jun 14, 2021

5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly

Kate Birch
3 min
Heading up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy is winning awards and leading with diversity

Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.

Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills. 

What do you do, in a nutshell?

I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.

How would you describe your leadership style?

I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.

What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?

Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.

How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?

I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.

They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?

The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless. 

What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?

Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.


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