PRIDE AND PROGRESS

Oil and Gas - - CONTENT - HE Mo­hammed bin Hamad bin Saif Al Rumhy Min­is­ter of Oil and Gas

Since Oc­to­ber 29, 1978, when His Majesty Sul­tan Qa­boos bin Said of­fi­cially opened the na­tion’s first nat­u­ral gas pro­cess­ing plant at Yibal, PDO has been find­ing gas fields, de­vel­op­ing them into pro­duc­tive as­sets and trans­port­ing gas by pipe­line for do­mes­tic use and ex­port.

From those his­toric be­gin­nings, the Com­pany’s gas port­fo­lio has evolved into a fully fledged, com­plex op­er­a­tion, suc­cess­fully over­com­ing mul­ti­ple chal­lenges in the process and de­vel­op­ing a cadre of thou­sands of ex­pert Omani pro­fes­sion­als over the years.

For four decades, on be­half of the Gov­ern­ment and with­out in­ter­rup­tion, PDO has sup­plied the gas that has fu­elled the coun­try’s eco­nomic progress. It has been used to gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity, de­sali­nate sea water for Omani homes and busi­nesses, and pro­vide fuel for cook­ing. It has also served as feed­stock for a grow­ing num­ber of lo­cal in­dus­tries, such as the smelt­ing of alu­minium and pro­duc­tion of fer­tiliser. Last but not least, the gas has been sent to liq­ue­fac­tion plants near Sur from where it is ex­ported to global mar­kets, gen­er­at­ing vi­tal rev­enue for the Sul­tanate’s sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

As these pre­cious gas re­sources have been ex­tracted, PDO has worked dili­gently to re­place them, tap­ping into new un­con­ven­tional, tighter and deeper for­ma­tions, re­quir­ing new lev­els of know-how and the de­ploy­ment of new tech­niques and pro­cesses. As well as pro­duc­ing gas, PDO has also made great strides in con­serv­ing it, im­ple­ment­ing ground-break­ing schemes such as the Mi­raah so­lar in­stal­la­tion and the Nimr Reed Beds project, which will both save bil­lions of cu­bic me­tres from op­er­a­tions in the com­ing years. The com­pany is also com­mit­ted to meet the World Bank’s “Zero Rou­tine Flar­ing by 2030” tar­get well be­fore the dead­line year, with in­no­va­tive as­set flar­ing re­duc­tion projects and new tech­nol­ogy de­ploy­ment, such as mi­cro-tur­bines to con­vert flare gas into elec­tric­ity.

The his­tory is a proud one and the fu­ture full of prom­ise. So, on the oc­ca­sion of this spe­cial an­niver­sary, I take this op­por­tu­nity to ex­press my heart­felt grat­i­tude to all those staff and con­trac­tors, both past and present, who have con­trib­uted so much to the com­pany’s ex­plo­ration and pro­duc­tion of what is now seen across the world as an in­creas­ingly valu­able source of af­ford­able, low-car­bon en­ergy.

For four decades, on be­half of the Gov­ern­ment and with­out in­ter­rup­tion, PDO has sup­plied the gas that has fu­elled the coun­try’s eco­nomic progress. It has been used to gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity, de­sali­nate sea water for Omani homes and busi­nesses, and pro­vide fuel for cook­ing

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