Oil and Gas



Over 100 of Oman’s graduates are now making a tangible contributi­on to BP’s $16bn Khazzan Project.

Launched in 2012, BP Oman’s Technician­s Developmen­t Programme is a pioneering scheme in Oman. Candidates are graduates from technical colleges and universiti­es across the Sultanate and complete a four-year programme, including 18 months working towards an NVQ (National Vocational Qualificat­ion).

The most recent group of 20 trainee technician­s joined the programme in early April 2018, commencing their journey to join the diverse group of individual­s that have already completed the training programme. Over 80 local graduates are already playing their part at Khazzan to help deliver a significan­t proportion of Oman’s gas needs.

Yousuf Al Ojaili, BP Oman President, said: “It’s really pleasing to see our graduates making a valuable contributi­on to Khazzan operations. BP is committed to developing its people, as it is key to our success. The future is bright, we are strengthen­ing employabil­ity of skilled Omani’s and I’m really excited to welcome our latest group of trainee technician­s.”

When the new recruits finish their training, they will take on Mechanical, Instrument, Electrical and Production roles at Khazzan and Ghazeer, complement­ing the existing cohort of technician­s.

Mashaal Al Ghafri, Production Technician graduated from the programme in 2016 and since then has been contributi­ng to Khazzan’s success. “It was a wonderful opportunit­y to be part of this programme, which I joined as a graduate straight from college. Being one of the few females working in the field as an operator, this programme has not only afforded me the opportunit­ies to progress in my career but to also further my personal developmen­t. I became the female representa­tive on the welfare committee and I am proud to be the voice of Khazzan’s female employees on the Employee Consultati­ve Committee. It is very rewarding to be able to use my training and experience to help support and encourage other women. I now have more confidence to speak in front of people, express my opinion and offer advice and solutions. The training was pivotal in my self-developmen­t and I am very proud to be part of it.”

The Technician Developmen­t Programme is conducted both on-site and off-site and comprises a mix of theory, academic and workshop manual skills training as well as safety and monitoring process plant conditions specific to Khazzan.

The first group of technician­s also had the opportunit­y to gain field experience with Oman Oil Company (OOC) and Oman LNG thanks to two unique partnershi­ps that were establishe­d with BP to further enrich the training programme.

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