Qatar Fuel Additives Company (QAFAC) was established as a Qatari joint stock company to build, own and operate facilities at Mesaieed in Qatar for the production of methanol and methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) for sale to customers worldwide. QAFAC is a subsidiary of Qatar Petroleum.
Qafac required turnstiles to control employee access to the highly critical facility. The turnstiles act as a physical security barrier to the site and also as a safety barrier which prevents unauthorised employees from entering restricted areas.
A major requirement for the turnstiles was that they had to be able to withstand not only the severe conditions that come with petrochemical operations, but to also withstand the extremely harsh conditions of the Qatari desert environment. The turnstiles are regularly exposed to temperatures of over 45°c and to tons of windblown fine desert sand.
Turnstar was selected due to our experience in industrial installations of a similar nature and due to our reputation for manufacturing ultra-heavy duty rugged products.
In April 2009, two TITAN 3 full height double turnstiles were installed at Qafac. The installation was a great success and in April 2010, another eight TITAN 3 full height double turnstiles were installed. That makes a total of 18 full height turnstiles installed at the site.
The turnstiles were manufactured from powder coated mild steel and were fitted by Turnstar with additional LED indicator lights for ease of use.
The installation was expertly carried out by Traffic Tech (Gulf), which is renowned installer of security and traffic management products in Qatar, Jordan and Bahrain.