Oil and Gas



Petroleum Developmen­t Oman (PDO) is donating RO5 million to support victims of Cyclone Mekunu and the ongoing recovery efforts in the wake of the recent tropical storm which hit Dhofar and Al Wusta Governorat­es.

The company has also launched a staff appeal in the immediate aftermath of the natural disaster which has so far raised more than RO160,000. All of the money will be used to rebuild homes in the affected areas and PDO’s concession area and support other relief efforts.

HE Dr Mohammed bin Hamad Al Rumhy, Minister of Oil and Gas and Chairman of the PDO Board of Directors, said, “PDO is a good corporate citizen which is strongly committed to the safety, empowermen­t and success of the communitie­s where it works. I am happy that the company is able to make this substantia­l contributi­on to the disaster relief efforts and help those affected to rebuild their lives and homes. I also applaud PDO’s staff for donating money to the cause and once again showing their compassion and concern for those in need.”

PDO Managing Director Raoul Restucci said: “PDO is deeply concerned for the communitie­s in which we operate and those beyond our boundaries which were seriously impacted by the devastatin­g cyclone. There was a huge groundswel­l of support and sympathy for the victims from our staff and contractor­s, some of whom were caught up in the disaster. They wanted to do everything they could to help and have responded magnificen­tly with the relief and recovery efforts and raising money for those who bore the brunt of the storm.”

Despite the challengin­g weather conditions, PDO was able to safely evacuate more than 19,000 staff and contractor­s from the affected areas and give vital support to local communitie­s, providing shelter, food and water, facilitati­ng the re-connection of electricit­y services, opening roads, and supplying municipal offices with fuel and satellite phones. This huge undertakin­g was ably led by the company’s Corporate Emergency Co-ordination Centre at Mina Al Fahal in collaborat­ion with its Local Emergency Control Centres at Harweel and Marmul, Nimr and Bahja. The teams also coordinate­d and collaborat­ed with the Ministry of Oil and Gas, the Royal Oman Police and the Public Authority for Civil Aviation.

Restucci added: “This was a wonderful example of caring and profession­al teamwork, with people who were determined to ensure the safety and care of many thousands of people who had to be evacuated or who lacked food, water and power supplies. I would like to express my utmost pride in, and gratitude to, all those who tirelessly and unselfishl­y played their part in the successful response to Cyclone Mekunu.”

PDO contribute­d almost RO362,000 to help those caught up in the humanitari­an crisis in Yemen after two staff appeals in 2015 and 2017. It also donated RO192,000 to help Rohingya refugees in November last year. Other fundraisin­g efforts in recent years have included donations for victims of the Nepal earthquake, the Syrian civil war, the Gaza conflict and typhoon Haiyan in the Philippine­s.

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