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  • The monthly newsletter for Petroleum Development Oman staff and its contractors

    Issue - 463 December 2017

    06 Picking Up Steam 10 A Seismic Step Change 13 First Class!



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  • First Word Dear Colleagues,

    Welcome to the final Al Fahal of what has been a truly momentous year for PDO – the 50th anniversary of the first export of Omani oil and the 80th anniversary of the inception of the Company.

    The year has seen a number of events and activities marking this double anniversary which has reminded us all of the deep roots and illustrious history of this fantastic organisation which is so central to Oman’s economy and society.

    Of course, our course of action has been guided by the inspirational leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said and this edition features a special commemorative supplement capturing the happy scenes as we celebrated the the 47th National Day. It really was heartwarming to see so many PDO people, both Omanis and expatriates, enjoying themselves together in such a spirit of joy and unity.

    In the main section, there are some excellent examples of how PDO is continuing to create value for the Sultanate and support its path to sustainable development, not least the story on the Miraah solar energy project where steam has been safely and successfully integrated into our network.

    The use of technology in PDO is also featured and the report on the installation of our own game- changing digital telecommunications system using fibre-optic cable illustrates shows how we are gearing up for the new era of mobility, digitisation and data analytics. This high-capacity “backbone” connecting Mina Al Fahal with main telecommunications centres in the Interior will help transform the way we operate.

    PDO has also broken new ground with new seismic acquisition technology which increases productivity and data quality. Implementation of the Ultra High Productivity technique is the most significant change in land seismic acquisition since the introduction of wide Azimuth (WAZ) surveys in 2008. This innovation has unlocked greater flexibility in survey design but, more importantly, a significant boost in productivity. There are also some great examples of how our SAP team has helped automate systems for key processes across the business.

    It was a privilege to attend the graduation ceremonies of the first batch of our Graduate Development Programme staff and 464 young Omanis who have secured full-time employment after progressing through National Objectives training schemes. There were so many happy faces at the events, as seen in photos in this edition, showing once again how PDO continues to change lives by developing talent and providing meaningful career opportunities both inside and outside our boundaries.

    Finally, as 2017 draws to a close, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you, your families and friends season’s greetings and a very happy, healthy, safe and prosperous New Year. There have been a number of fantastic achievements throughout the year and I am sure with your help, professionalism and hard work we can do even more to serve Oman next year.

    Raoul Restucci Managing Director

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    Contents 01- AI-PSM: The Human Factor 02- Focusing On SAP and Surface 02- People Survey 2017 03- Enabling Digital


    03- D&I At OND 04- The Maktabi Pilot In Action 05- Marsmul 05- The Coast Is Clear 06- Picking Up Steam 06- State Council Visits The South 07- Well Constructed

    07- 1.2% Training Fund Goes Live

    08- Job Creation: A Full-Time Commitment

    08- A Good Job 09- KM First For Oman 09- RAHDP: Building A Safety


    10- A Seismic Step Change 11- Taking Stock 11- Staff Launch IChemE Group 12- Shooting For Top Spot! 12- Food For Thought 13- First Class!

  • 1 Al Fahal | December 2017

    The human side of designing, managing and operating PDO’s assets safely was the focus of the fourth annual Process Safety Day. Managing Director Raoul Restucci warned against the dangers of individuals and teams accepting short-cuts or small deviations from safe practice over a period of time which could result in major incidents. And Technical Director Amran Al Marhubi called for an honest, open workplace culture where people felt free to raise concerns. The shift in emphasis came after the previous three Process Safety Days where the focus- was on the technical or hardware side of Asset Integrity & Process Safety Management (AI- PSM). Thousands of staff and contractors participated in around 80 team-based events in which the two key AI-PSM themes of dealing with dilemmas and risk normalisation were discussed. This year, both Raoul and Amran wanted to be personally involved to emphasise the point that optimal safety performance is only possible if everyone, at all levels, makes a full, unreserved and emotional commitment to AI- PSM leadership. In two in-house developed videos they shared some personal thoughts and beliefs about the dangers of normalising risk and not recognising

    dilemmas as root causes of fires, leaks and explosions. In his video message, Raoul said: “Our ultimate aim is to reach Goal Zero which is a prerequisite for delivering our ambitions as a company. We can’t engineer our way to Goal Zero and the key success factor to reach there is our behaviours and attitudes towards Asset Integrity –Process Safety requirements. “Risk normalisation takes place when an activity becomes so familiar or so routine that we cease to see the potential area of vulnerability. Unfortunately, risk normalisation in a hazardous environment with highly flammable or toxic hydrocarbons all around could be very dangerous.” He discussed a number of incidents and urged all staff to be attentive and identify areas where risks are being normalised and report them so action can be taken. In his film, Amran highlighted predicaments where perhaps junior staff felt intimidated about challenging managers over potential problems or mistakes, or where personnel faced decision- making quandaries, possibly as a result of time and cost considerations. He said: “Our daily life presents us with dilemmas - when we have difficult choices

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    to make. However, in our industry dilemmas can often result in wrong decisions leading to incidents.” Amran reinforced the significance of employee empowerment and open communication at all levels and said: “We need to have an organisation where anybody can speak about his honest concerns without any fear of any kind of reprisals.” Functional Maintenance and Integrity Manager Rashid Al Harthy said: “AI-PSM is crucial for achieving the Company’s strategic goal - “Our Assets Are Safe and We Know It” - and to prevent any tragic incidents. “We work in an industry that involves the operation of processes that contain flammable materials at high temperatures and pressures. When something goes wrong, it can go very wrong. AI-PSM refers to the ways we manage our facilities through their complete life cycle with the goal of never unintentionally releasing hazardous material. “Good process safety management does not happen by chance and requires broad level visibility and constant active engagement with the workforce. “We must never become complacent about major accident hazards. We must retain a ‘chronic unease’ with regards to process safety that presses us to look for any emerging hazards or breakdown in our controls.” A special Process Safety Day webpage was created where all the related material was uploaded for easy access. And at the end of each 90-minute session participants had the opportunity to discuss the issues with colleagues and understand the importance of addressing risk normalisation and ways of dealing with dilemmas. They were encouraged to look for wrong practices or dangerous conditions that have become the new norm over time and it was reiterated that everyone should feel empowered to speak up about honest conc