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Seif Nad­abi joined PDO in 1978 – the year the com­pany be­gan gas pro­duc­tion –and is now a key fix­ture in the Gas Di­rec­torate af­ter ris­ing up the lad­der to be­come Op­er­a­tions Man­ager. While play­ing a piv­otal role in en­sur­ing cus­tomers re­ceive a re­li­able and timely sup­ply, his pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence has placed him in the ideal po­si­tion to sur­vey the growth of PDO’s gas busi­ness.

He said: “When Yibal was com­mis­sioned in 1978, we were do­ing less than five mil­lion cu­bic me­tres a day ser­vic­ing gas within PDO and ex­port gas as fuel to the newly com­mis­sioned Al Ghubrah power gen­er­a­tion plant; and shortly af­ter we opened the up­stream gas fa­cil­i­ties cu­bic me­tres in Saih Rawl in 1999 we had reached 25 mil­lion with a sin­gle gas pro­cess­ing train. In 2000, the sec­ond train was com­mis­sioned. This was the year when PDO started to ex­port gas to the Oman Liq­ue­fied Nat­u­ral Gas (OLNG) in­stal­la­tion at Sur to the out­side mar­ket.

“Last year, we pro­duced al­most

77 mil­lion cu­bic me­tres a day and are meet­ing the gas de­mand for all our cus­tomers, de­spite in­creased re­quire­ments from OLNG for ex­port, and are now act­ing as a swing pro­ducer for the na­tion. It’s great progress and a great achieve­ment for the coun­try.”

With a back­ground in as­set in­tegrity,

Seif orig­i­nally joined the Gas Di­rec­torate in 2005 as Main­te­nance Strat­egy and Sup­port Team Leader but has also worked in de­mand­ing posts such as Mar­mul Area Co-or­di­na­tor and De­liv­ery Team Leader for Nimr, Rima and Bahja.

But he will never for­get his bap­tism of chal­lenges as Gas Op­er­a­tions Man­ager. He re­called: “Al­most from the mo­ment I started as Op­er­a­tions Man­ager in 2012, it was very tough. We had to shut down three com­pres­sors at Yibal be­cause of leaks and that meant par­tially shut­ting down the sta­tion and re­duc­ing its pro­duc­tion to half.

“We man­aged to trans­fer pro­duc­tion from some of our high pres­sure wells, by­pass­ing the Yibal sec­ond-stage de­ple­tion com­pres­sors (Y2DC), and it took us six months to de­vise a so­lu­tion with the in­stal­la­tion of tem­po­rary cool­ers and to get pro­duc­tion back on track.

We also had mo­tor is­sues at the Cen­tral Pro­cess­ing Plant at Saih Rawl and the Saih Ni­hayda Gas Plant. But I’m proud to say, we again over­came the prob­lem (mo­tor blade de­sign is­sues) by work­ing closely with the man­u­fac­tur­ers.

“There were two fur­ther in­tense years be­fore things changed for the bet­ter. Pro­duc­tion has now sta­bilised af­ter we worked to­gether with the func­tions and the as­sets as one team. It’s a very good feel­ing.”

The chal­lenge of meet­ing both do­mes­tic and ex­port de­mand has been a con­stant but, as Seif pre­pares to step down from his post, he feels a sense of sat­is­fac­tion, say­ing: “The great thing about the hy­dro­car­bon busi­ness is you de­plete and you re­cover. Gas will still be with us for many years to come. We are still dis­cov­er­ing new fields. The find at Mabrouk North East, with es­ti­mated re­cov­er­able re­serves of more than four tril­lion cu­bic feet (TcF) and 112 mil­lion bar­rels of con­den­sate, is a fan­tas­tic to the na­tion and new tech­nolo­gies will help us even more.

“What­ever you see in oil, is also ap­plied in gas. You can­not just re­lax or you will run out of busi­ness. “Who­ever comes to gas they need to be on alert all the time. You deal with the cus­tomer di­rect. You deal with the share­holder di­rect. If you lose a sta­tion for what­ever rea­son, you will get a di­rect call ask­ing for a meet­ing.

“You have to have a prob­lem-fix im­me­di­ately or oth­er­wise you will hear about it! The great thing is I have a good team here and in the In­te­rior. Young and full of en­ergy. In the next few years, they are go­ing to be fan­tas­tic.

“The great thing about PDO is that it is a com­pany where you are given an op­por­tu­nity to grow. It de­pends on the in­di­vid­ual how far they take that.

For you to go higher and higher in the or­gan­i­sa­tion, there is no con­straint if you put in the ef­fort.”

In his re­main­ing two years at PDO,

Seif will act as a se­nior coach to young col­leagues both at Mina Al Fa­hal and in the field, say­ing: “We have a lot of new staff and we are ask­ing them what sup­port they need so we can give it to them. I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to that.”

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