PRIDE AND PROGRESS
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