Cel­e­brat­ing 40 years of Gas

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Petroleum De­vel­op­ment Oman (PDO) re­cently cel­e­brated 40 years of un­in­ter­rupted gas pro­duc­tion, mark­ing a ma­jor mile­stone in the his­tory of Oman’s largest oil and gas pro­ducer.

A spe­cial event was held at the com­pany’s Mus­cat head­quar­ters un­der the aus­pices of HE Salim bin Nasser Al Aufi, Un­der­sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of Oil and Gas, who was joined by hun­dreds of staff at the Mina Al Fa­hal of­fices.

In his speech to the as­sem­bled au­di­ence, PDO’s Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Raoul Res­tucci said, “This oc­ca­sion is a great source of pride for all in PDO, as gas has fu­elled – and will con­tinue to fuel – do­mes­tic and in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment and valu­able ex­port rev­enues for the coun­try.

“It is also largely re­garded as the fuel of tran­si­tion to the fu­ture and the most en­vi­ron­ment-friendly fos­sil fuel at our dis­posal, un­der­lin­ing the im­por­tance of longer-term gas sup­ply and per­for­mance sus­tain­abil­ity to en­sure con­tin­ued do­mes­tic growth and com­bat cli­mate change chal­lenges.”

He added: “Gas is a valu­able re­source and we have been af­ford­ing even greater

im­por­tance to its con­ser­va­tion. We have many ini­tia­tives and projects sup­port­ing our Gas Con­ser­va­tion Strat­egy, in­clud­ing the greater use of re­new­ables. The Mi­raah so­lar plant in Amal and the re­cently awarded Amin so­lar pho­to­voltaic IPP project are fine ex­am­ples of that. We are also work­ing hard to elim­i­nate rou­tine flar­ing from our op­er­a­tions well be­fore the World Bank’s 2030 tar­get.”

The his­tory of PDO’s gas pro­duc­tion be­gan on Oc­to­ber 29, 1978 when His Majesty Sul­tan Qa­boos bin Said of­fi­cially opened the na­tion’s first nat­u­ral gas pro­cess­ing plant at Yibal dur­ing his an­nual meet-the-peo­ple tour.

An area of the atrium at the com­pany’s Bait Mina Al Fa­hal (BMF) of­fices was de­voted to His Majesty and his long-stand­ing sup­port for PDO, with a slideshow show­cas­ing pho­tos from the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the fa­cil­ity.

There were also a num­ber of other dis­plays and elec­tronic touch screens chart­ing key events in PDO’s gas jour­ney over the past four decades. The ex­hi­bi­tion also high­lighted the im­por­tance of gas for elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion, cook­ing and heat­ing, and ex­port and in­dus­trial pur­poses.

PDO Gas Di­rec­tor Salim Al Sikaiti praised staff and con­trac­tors, past and present, for their hard work over the past 40 years in de­liv­er­ing gas for do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional cus­tomers.

He added: “Gas will re­main a key en­ergy source, not just for Oman but the whole world, for a very long time. The growth in de­mand will con­tinue and the fo­cus to dis­cover more and op­ti­mise pro­duc­tion will re­main.

“There is a heavy re­spon­si­bil­ity for us to de­liver day in, day out but I know I have the peo­ple, both in my own di­rec­torate and oth­ers, and our con­tract­ing com­mu­nity who can rise to this great chal­lenge.”

As part of the cel­e­bra­tions, HE Dr Mo­hammed bin Hamad Al Rumhy, the Min­is­ter of Oil and Gas, re­cently of­fi­cially opened PDO’s Gas Net­work Op­er­a­tions Cen­tre (GNOC), a state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity in Saih Rawl which mon­i­tors and co­or­di­nates the pro­duc­tion from PDO’s eight gas plants in real time to en­sure safe, ef­fi­cient and re­li­able de­liv­ery to cus­tomers.

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