An ex­hi­bi­tion fo­cus­ing on in-coun­try value (ICV) op­por­tu­ni­ties of­fered by Duqm Re­fin­ery was held in Oman

Duqm Re­fin­ery or­gan­ised an ex­hi­bi­tion in Muscat for pro­vid­ing the Omani youth and SMES first-hand in­sight on train­ing and busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties, and how to ap­ply for en­rolling in th­ese op­por­tu­ni­ties

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The ex­hi­bi­tion fo­cus­ing on in­coun­try value (ICV) op­por­tu­ni­ties of­fered by Duqm Re­fin­ery was held at the Oman Con­ven­tion & Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­ter on 30 Septem­ber and 1 Oc­to­ber 2018. The busi­ness and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for SMES and young Oma­nis are in line with na­tional ob­jec­tives of pri­ori­tis­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties that would arise from con­struc­tion work of the project to be ded­i­cated to grow­ing lo­cal busi­nesses and up­grade the skill lev­els of youth. The ex­hi­bi­tion in Muscat was a fol­low-up to a sim­i­lar fo­rum or­gan­ised in Duqm a week ago.

Salim bin Nasser Al Aufi, un­der­sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Oil and Gas, Sul­tanate of Oman, hailed the pos­i­tive role played by Duqm Re­fin­ery in the lo­cal com­mu­nity, and the pos­i­tive feed­back on the ICV fo­rum held the week be­fore in Duqm Crowne Plaza, which lasted for three days.

“Duqm Re­fin­ery is the start­ing point for lot of other in­dus­tries. It is the big­gest in­dus­trial project un­der ex­e­cu­tion at the mo­ment in Duqm. It is the cat­a­lyst for many other projects needed in the fu­ture. Duqm Re­fin­ery is driv­ing lot of pro­cesses with re­gards to in­coun­try value – lo­cal­i­sa­tion of the ma­te­ri­als sourced and ser­vices pro­vided. It is also a cat­a­lyst for the fu­ture petro­chem­i­cal project that is in­te­grated with the Duqm Re­fin­ery,” Al Aufi stated.

“In-coun­try value is an ab­so­lutely crit­i­cal ini­tia­tive for the Sul­tanate. It is the di­rec­tion that the oil and gas sec­tor have adopted in the past, and the rest of the coun­try is now em­brac­ing it. It is a mech­a­nism by which we will re­tain lot of ac­tiv­i­ties lo­cally. And, we will be able to re­tain lot of in­dus­tries lo­cally,” com­mented Al Aufi.

“We try to iden­tify the ma­te­ri­als needed for var­i­ous projects and, if it pos­si­ble, those

ma­te­ri­als could be sourced from the lo­cal mar­ket, or if it not avail­able to­day in the lo­cal mar­ket, then in­dus­tries are cre­ated in or­der to sup­ply those ma­te­ri­als,” Al Aufi re­marked.

“We en­cour­age the in­vestors not only to rely on the lo­cal mar­ket but also use the lo­cal mar­ket as a plat­form to start from, and look then around, and go be­yond the borders of Oman. Many of them have al­ready started do­ing that – they start lo­cally; then they start em­bark­ing on in­ter­na­tional projects and they use the lo­cal ex­pe­ri­ence to sell their knowhow,” re­vealed Al Aufi.

De­vel­op­ing lo­cal hu­man cap­i­tal and SMES

“Duqm Re­fin­ery in-coun­try value pro­gramme comes as part of the at­ten­tion given by His Majesty Sul­tan Qa­boos bin Said to de­velop lo­cal hu­man cap­i­tal and lo­cal SMES as two

of the main pil­lars to build strong econ­omy in the Sul­tanate. Also, the pro­gramme aims at show­cas­ing the op­por­tu­ni­ties for Omani youth so that they can com­pete on the ones that fit their spe­cial­i­sa­tions and fu­ture as­pi­ra­tions,” Al Aufi pointed out.

“In-coun­try value pro­gramme plays an im­por­tant role in fur­ther strength­en­ing the na­tional econ­omy by pro­vid­ing the chance for SMES to con­tribute on build­ing mega projects. Th­ese pro­grammes also pre­pare na­tional man­power to work in the ma­jor eco­nomic projects in the coun­try as one of the main fac­tors for its suc­cess,” opined Al Aufi.

Ja­cobus Nieuwen­hui­jze, project di­rec­tor, Duqm Re­fin­ery, stated: “We are glad to an­nounce the promis­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties this project will of­fer to the gov­er­norate and the whole coun­try. Dur­ing con­struc­tion, the project will con­tribute in cre­at­ing train­ing and de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties that will make a pos­i­tive eco­nomic and so­cial im­pact in the Sul­tanate.”

Nieuwen­hui­jze added: “The pro­gramme will also con­tribute in spread­ing so­cial wel­fare through em­brac­ing tech­ni­cal grad­u­ates from higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions. Tak­ing part in the de­vel­op­ment of Spe­cial Eco­nomic Zone of Duqm is an im­por­tant ob­jec­tive of our cam­paign as well.”

A chal­leng­ing project

“It seems that the fi­nanc­ing world in very happy with what they have seen us do­ing. We have done enor­mous amount of due dili­gence from the project side; we have also done lot of due dili­gence on our en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial obli­ga­tions. In-coun­try value ini­tia­tives are a part of th­ese obli­ga­tions. Those due dili­gences are now com­plete. It seems that ev­ery­body is happy with what we have done in the past and what we are go­ing to do in the fu­ture. The fi­nanc­ing for the Duqm Re­fin­ery project was chal­leng­ing, but it is done now,” stated Nieuwen­hui­jze.

“Duqm Re­fin­ery is a very good ex­am­ple of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Oman and Kuwait. And, this is just the first step. We are very care­fully look­ing in to the next step, which will be a petro­chem­i­cal com­plex. We have started all kinds of pre­lim­i­nary work on it. This project will start within a short time. The petro­chem­i­cal com­plex will com­plete the vi­sion that we have – first to have the re­fin­ery, which can eco­nom­i­cally stand by it­self, to be fol­lowed by a petro­chem­i­cal com­plex to sup­port the econ­omy,” Nieuwen­hui­jze em­pha­sised.

Eng. Yousuf bin Mo­hammed Al Jahd­hami, deputy project di­rec­tor, Duqm Re­fin­ery, opined: “The wise di­rec­tives of His Majesty Sul­tan Qa­boos bin Said aim at con­cen­trat­ing ef­forts to de­velop lo­cal small and medium sized en­ter­prises, for their pos­i­tive im­pact in cre­at­ing job op­por­tu­ni­ties for youth and for their con­tri­bu­tion in the lo­cal econ­omy. We are proud to launch our in-coun­try value pro­gramme, which will cre­ate busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal SMES through the ser­vices and goods re­quired for the project.”

En­gi­neer­ing, pro­cure­ment and con­struc­tion

On the de­tails of Duqm Re­fin­ery EPC scope of work, Al Jahd­hami ex­plained: “Duqm Re­fin­ery con­struc­tion project in­cludes three EPC phases that will be ex­e­cuted at the same time. Each EPC con­tains a num­ber of op­por­tu­ni­ties for SMES, lo­cal com­mu­nity con­trac­tors and sup­pli­ers. To achieve our goals, we have ded­i­cated 10% of the to­tal project value in each EPC for lo­cal SMES, while 20% of the same value is ded­i­cated for lo­cal sourc­ing of goods and ser­vices. Also, we have agreed with our con­trac­tors to im­ple­ment 10% of Oman­i­sa­tion at all oc­cu­pa­tional lev­els in their com­pa­nies.”

The Duqm Re­fin­ery ICV event in Duqm suc­ceeded in at­tract­ing many young­sters who sought busi­ness and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in the project. The Muscat ICV ex­hi­bi­tion aimed at reach­ing wider sec­tions of Omani youth to

know more about those op­por­tu­ni­ties and to meet with the com­pany of­fi­cials to have a clear im­age about those op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Nas-ha’ bint Mo­hammed Al Falahia, gen­eral man­ager for cor­po­rate af­fairs, Duqm Re­fin­ery, stated: “ICV pro­gramme is one of the main mile­stones in our project jour­ney for its role in sup­port­ing de­vel­op­ment ef­forts in Oman. This sup­port can be seen in the busi­ness and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for Omani youth to prove them­selves and to ben­e­fit from those op­por­tu­ni­ties dur­ing con­struc­tion phase and af­ter the op­er­a­tional phases.”

A hub for trans­for­ma­tional in­dus­tries

Al Falahia added: “It is our plea­sure to an­nounce the launch of Duqm Re­fin­ery ICV pro­gramme as an ad­di­tion to the ef­forts made to achieve sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment in the Spe­cial Eco­nomic Zone of Duqm. SEZAD is en­trusted to be­come one of the main ar­ter­ies for the na­tional econ­omy and a hub for petro­chem­i­cal and trans­for­ma­tional in­dus­tries in the re­gion in the near fu­ture. It also rep­re­sents the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors to at­tract in­vest­ments and to boost econ­omy in the Sul­tanate, as part of His Majesty Sul­tan Qa­boos’ vi­sion to de­velop the na­tional econ­omy.”

“Schol­ar­ship scheme of Duqm Re­fin­ery ICV pro­gramme will in­clude in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal schol­ar­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents,” Al Falahia de­clared. The fully funded schol­ar­ships will fo­cus on en­gi­neer­ing spe­cial­i­sa­tions as they are needed in the lo­cal mar­ket.

Al Falahia ex­plained: “Our ICV pro­gramme of­fers two types of train­ing. The first one is al­lo­cated for high diploma hold­ers. It will be des­ig­nated for elec­tri­cal, me­chan­i­cal, chem­i­cal, and op­er­a­tional spe­cial­i­sa­tions. We aim at shap­ing the skills of those can­di­dates and to pre­pare them to join eco­nomic projects in the Sul­tanate.”

“The sec­ond type of train­ing in our ICV pro­gramme is train­ing tar­geted at high school gen­eral diploma hold­ers. Th­ese op­por­tu­ni­ties in­clude train­ing the fields of fa­cil­ity main­te­nance, weld­ing, elec­tri­cal and me­chan­i­cal fields, scaf­fold­ing, and man­ag­ing cranes. Af­ter the com­ple­tion of the train­ing pro­gramme, trainees will have the op­por­tu­nity to prac­tise their newly ac­quired skills with one of our three EPC con­trac­tors,” Al Falahia said.

Sus­tain­abil­ity of the project

“We are glad to see the pos­i­tive in­ter­ac­tion from the lo­cal com­mu­nity on so­cial me­dia, and we look for­ward to con­tribute in the de­vel­op­ment of Oman’s econ­omy and the Omani youth to be­come busi­ness and in­dus­try lead­ers in the fu­ture,” com­mented Al Falahia.

Jasim bin Has­san Al Ajmi, head of cor­po­rate sus­tain­abil­ity, Duqm Re­fin­ery, com­mented: “Our ICV pro­gramme is one of the key el­e­ments in the sus­tain­abil­ity of the project, as it will gen­er­ate busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties that will con­tribute in the progress of the project in the fu­ture. The ICV pro­gramme will also con­tribute in shap­ing and pol­ish­ing the skills of Omani youth in var­i­ous fields to em­power them to grow in their ca­reer path to serve our beloved coun­try, Oman.”

Al Ajmi re­marked: “Duqm Re­fin­ery project aims at mak­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact on the lives of the peo­ple in Oman. This im­pact is made by pro­vid­ing train­ing and de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for Omani youth. This will cre­ate the rip­ple ef­fect, which will pos­i­tively im­pact other sec­tors in the gov­er­norate of Al Wusta and the whole coun­try.”

A num­ber of pub­lic and pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions took part in the ex­hi­bi­tion such as SEZAD, Takatuf Oman, Al Raffd Fund, Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Small and Medium En­ter­prises (Riyadah), and the three global EPC con­trac­tors for the Duqm Re­fin­ery project.

Com­mence­ment of con­struc­tion work

The launch of the pro­gramme co­in­cided with the com­mence­ment of con­struc­tion work of the re­fin­ery, which is ex­pected to be­come op­er­a­tional by end of 2022. The Duqm Re­fin­ery ICV pro­gramme aims at max­imis­ing the eco­nomic ben­e­fits for the lo­cal com­mu­nity and busi­nesses dur­ing the con­struc­tion phase.

The pro­gramme also aims at in­creas­ing the num­ber of its ben­e­fi­cia­ries and boost­ing the eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment in Al Wusta and the whole coun­try. More­over, the pro­gramme tar­gets lo­cal small and medium sized en­ter­prises (SMES) while pro­mot­ing lo­cal sup­ply chain. The pro­gramme will pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for train­ing, de­vel­op­ment and em­ploy­ment of Omani youth in a num­ber of tech­ni­cal spe­cial­i­sa­tions needed in the project.

All the op­por­tu­ni­ties of­fered un­der the Duqm Re­fin­ery ICV pro­gramme are show­cased in a ded­i­cated web­site – www. duqm­re­fin­ery­icv.om – where stu­dents and SMES can learn more about the op­por­tu­ni­ties and ap­ply for var­i­ous pro­grammes.

SME own­ers who are in­ter­ested in the busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties on of­fer need to be reg­is­tered with the Joint Sup­pli­ers Reg­is­tra­tion Sys­tem (JSRS) of the Min­istry of Oil and Gas, Sul­tanate of Oman, to be el­i­gi­ble to com­pete on those op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The Duqm Re­fin­ery ICV ex­hi­bi­tion in Muscat was inau­gu­rated by Eng. Salim bin Nasser Al Aufi, un­der­sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Oil and Gas, Sul­tanate of Oman.

The Duqm Re­fin­ery ICV ex­hi­bi­tion pro­vided a plat­form for the au­di­ence to meet Duqm Re­fin­ery of­fi­cials to know more about the in-coun­try value op­por­tu­ni­ties of­fered by the com­pany.

The ex­hi­bi­tion fo­cus­ing on in-coun­try value (ICV) op­por­tu­ni­ties of­fered by Duqm Re­fin­ery was held at the Oman Con­ven­tion & Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­ter on 30 Septem­ber and 1 Oc­to­ber 2018.

“Duqm Re­fin­ery in-coun­try value pro­gramme comes as part of the at­ten­tion given by His Majesty Sul­tan Qa­boos bin Said to de­velop lo­cal hu­man cap­i­tal and lo­cal SMES as two of the main pil­lars to build strong econ­omy in the Sul­tanate.” Salim bin Nasser Al Aufi, un­der­sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Oil and Gas, Sul­tanate of Oman

“We are glad to see the pos­i­tive in­ter­ac­tion from the lo­cal com­mu­nity on so­cial me­dia, and we look for­ward to con­tribute in the de­vel­op­ment of Oman’s econ­omy and the Omani youth to be­come busi­ness and in­dus­try lead­ers in the fu­ture.” Nas-ha’ bint Mo­hammed Al Falahia, gen­eral man­ager for cor­po­rate af­fairs, Duqm Re­fin­ery

“To achieve our goals, we have ded­i­cated 10% of the to­tal project value in each EPC for lo­cal SMES, while 20% of the same value is ded­i­cated for lo­cal sourc­ing of goods and ser­vices.” Eng. Yousuf bin Mo­hammed Al Jahd­hami, deputy project di­rec­tor, Duqm Re­fin­ery

“The ICV pro­gramme will also con­tribute in shap­ing and pol­ish­ing the skills of Omani youth in var­i­ous fields to em­power them to grow in their ca­reer path to serve our beloved coun­try, Oman.” Jasim bin Has­san Al Ajmi, head of cor­po­rate sus­tain­abil­ity, Duqm Re­fin­ery

Salim bin Nasser Al Aufi (right), un­der­sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Oil and Gas, Sul­tanate of Oman, dis­plays a plaque com­mem­o­rat­ing the ICV ex­hi­bi­tion or­gan­ised by Duqm Re­fin­ery.

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