GEAR­ING UP FOR CHAL­LENGES

Oil and Gas - - CONTENT -

Over the years, Al Tas­nim Group has seen its growth ac­cel­er­ate and its mar­ket pres­ence grow in the Sul­tanate’s Oil & Gas in­dus­try. Driven by tech­no­log­i­cal progress and evolv­ing con­sumer pref­er­ences, it is at the fore­front con­tribut­ing to the en­ergy se­cu­rity of the Sul­tanate. The di­vi­sion works with pres­ti­gious na­tional and in­de­pen­dent en­ergy com­pa­nies in Oman to de­sign, de­velop and con­struct oil and gas in­fras­truc­ture by ex­e­cut­ing engi­neer­ing, pro­cure­ment, con­struc­tion (EPC) and pre and post com­mis­sion­ing ser­vices. The past few years have pro­pelled the Group and it has been re­spon­si­ble for all off - plot works in South of Oman.

Amongst other prod­uct and ser­vice of­fer­ings, Al Tas­nim Group em­ploys a di­verse team of over 30,000 em­ploy­ees with its In­te­grated Oil & Gas EPC di­vi­sion it­self func­tion­ing with over 6,000 em­ploy­ees. With over four decades of busi­ness ex­pe­ri­ence of han­dling var­ied and com­plex pro­jects in Oman, the Group is the most re­puted “All Ser­vice Group” with sev­eral ac­co­lades, awards and achieve­ments to its name, and recog­nises qual­ity, health, safety and en­vi­ron­ment pro­tec­tion as an in­te­gral part of its op­er­a­tions. The Oil & Gas Di­vi­sion pur­sues sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment prin­ci­ples and seeks to achieve a good bal­ance be­tween so­cio-eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal de­vel­op­ment in Oman. It also has cer­ti­fi­ca­tions to its credit that in­clude

ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001/2004; OHSAS 1800-2007 & ASME ap­provals U, U2, S and PP, R.

With an ex­ten­sive track record, the Group’s Oil & Gas Di­vi­sion has proved its ex­per­tise in multi-dis­ci­plinary EPC ser­vices and has de­vel­oped its stature to be­come a spe­cial­ist ser­vice provider in the en­ergy sec­tor. On an av­er­age, the di­vi­sion ex­e­cutes sup­ply and in­stal­la­tion of over 500 km of flow lines and 100 km of pipe­lines/head­ers (CS/GRE/DSS) of var­i­ous sizes rang­ing up to 24″ ø (over 300 dif­fer­ent well com­ple­tions done till date).

Its range of ser­vices also in­cludes in­stal­la­tion of HDPE Pipe Lin­ing and Ro­tolin­ing of Spools for on-plot ap­pli­ca­tions with in­tegrity main­te­nance, sta­tion works, MSV’s man­i­folds, fast tracked civil and in­fras­truc­ture de­vel­op­ment, me­chan­i­cal, elec­tri­cal, con­trol and au­toma­tion engi­neer­ing ser­vices. The di­vi­sion has an im­pres­sive clien­tele such as Petroleum De­vel­op­ment Oman (PDO), Oman Oil Re­finer­ies and Petroleum In­dus­tries Com­pany (OR­PIC),

Oman Gas Com­pany (OGC) to name a few. Al Tas­nim Group con­stantly looks to ex­cel and adopt sev­eral tech­niques to ex­ceed client value through in­no­va­tion and op­ti­mi­sa­tion pro­grams. PDO re­newed its Con­tract Op­ti­mi­sa­tion Re­view (COR) pro­gramme in the light of weak­en­ing oil prices and the need to in­crease ef­fi­ciency and com­pet­i­tive­ness.

The South Oman Off-plot De­liv­ery Con­tract (ODC) was one of those se­lected for re­view. Al Tas­nim made sev­eral pro­pos­als on pro­cure­ment op­ti­mi­sa­tion, sur­plus ma­te­rial use, de­sign stan­dard­i­s­a­tion and the live tie-in of over­head lines with­out shut­down, gen­er­at­ing sig­nif­i­cant cost sav­ings. Dur­ing an of­fi­cial recog­ni­tion cer­e­mony, PDO praised the Group for its proac­tive ap­proach and ab­so­lute com­mit­ment, say­ing, “This is a true part­ner­ship where the con­trac­tor comes for­ward and says we can save value, and we lis­ten and fa­cil­i­tate them to do that. Sav­ing ap­prox­i­mately about $100 mil­lion is a tremen­dous achieve­ment and has mas­sively con­trib­uted to PDO’s cor­po­rate cost sav­ings pack­age and the jour­ney con­tin­ues. If we work to­gether in that spirit we can cre­ate more value in the long run.” On the tech­nol­ogy front, the lat­est ad­di­tion to the suite of ser­vices pro­vided by the di­vi­sion is the in­tro­duc­tion of “Au­to­matic Weld­ing,” thus en­abling fast track­ing of con­struc­tion pro­jects.

The Group’s fu­ture plan in­cludes var­i­ous mea­sures of in­ter­nal im­prove­ments and new pro­jects. Mo­hit Khimji – CEO Group Di­vi­sions ex­plains, “We are run­ning a project ti­tled ‘Project 10 10’, where we are aim­ing to grow 10-fold com­pared to what it is to­day in 10 years. We want to achieve this growth in all as­pects of en­ter­prise such as em­ployee sat­is­fac­tion, op­er­at­ing struc­tures, turnover, client sat­is­fac­tion and ba­si­cally, each and ev­ery el­e­ment that con­trib­utes to mak­ing Al Tas­nim a suc­cess.”

Al Tas­nim has a mas­sive foot­print in Oman, but the Group is not con­tent to merely rest on these lau­rels. It has am­bi­tious plans to de­velop its busi­ness in other Mid­dle East mar­kets as well. With newly es­tab­lished of­fices in Qatar and the UAE, the Group is mak­ing ma­jor strides to­wards its am­bi­tious ex­pan­sion plans. “Our fo­cus is to con­sol­i­date cur­rent po­si­tion and con­tinue the stim­u­lat­ing, im­pres­sive work in the Sul­tanate while mak­ing steady progress in ce­ment­ing our brand out­side Oman too,” as­serted Ragha­van Ran­ganathan, Direc­tor - Oil & Gas Ser­vices.

The Group has been keen on am­pli­fy­ing its In Coun­try Value (ICV) propo­si­tion and con­certed ef­forts are con­stantly be­ing made. With its vast re­source base in Oman, it is specif­i­cally fo­cused on im­ple­ment­ing new pro­jects to boost the Oil & Gas Di­vi­sion. In this back­drop, a state of the art man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity spread over 5,300 sqm in Mis­fah, is presently in the process of be­ing set up to pro­vide so­lu­tions to Oil & Gas op­er­a­tors. A mul­ti­tude of items re­quired typ­i­cally for the afore­men­tioned sec­tor will be man­u­fac­tured in this fa­cil­ity. In ad­di­tion, the di­vi­sion has re­cently set up an up­stream op­er­a­tions team that will be re­spon­si­ble for on­shore and off­shore ex­plo­ration ac­tiv­i­ties and sup­port ser­vices.

“With the in­tent to re­tain the spend in the coun­try - ICV, de­velop ca­pa­bil­i­ties with skills, we have con­cep­tu­alised a plan to foray into man­u­fac­tur­ing of var­i­ous prod­ucts in Oman, the whole gamut of ma­te­ri­als from car­bon steel to ex­haus­tive cor­ro­sion re­sis­tant al­loys will be han­dled in the fa­cil­ity. The Group also has fu­tur­is­tic plans to ex­pand its op­er­a­tions catering to lo­cal and GCC needs of up­stream as well as down­stream sec­tors,” San­deep Vas­ant Kulka­rni, Gen­eral Man­ager - Oil and Gas Ser­vices, said.

As the world em­barks on re­duc­ing de­pen­dence on fos­sil fu­els and con­tribut­ing to a greener en­vi­ron­ment, the Al Tas­nim Group has taken steps to de­velop its ca­pa­bil­i­ties in the re­new­able and other non-con­ven­tional en­ergy pro­grammes. “En­ergy sus­tain­abil­ity is key to any coun­try’s growth. As an or­gan­i­sa­tion, we recog­nise this and are tak­ing the right steps in sup­port­ing the Sul­tanate’s en­ergy mas­ter plan 2040,” Khimji added.

Al Tas­nim is un­equiv­o­cal in its mis­sion to move for­ward, ac­cept global chal­lenges, fol­low en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards, discover new ven­tures and con­stantly main­tain the high­est lev­els of pro­fi­ciency.

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