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

    Issue - 474 December 2018

    02 Minding The Gender Gap 04 Blazing A Solar Trail 08 Fit For The Future


  • First Word Dear Colleagues,

    Welcome to the last edition of Al Fahal for 2018 which has been a transitional year for PDO as we extend our efforts towards producing cleaner and more sustainable energy and evolving into a fully fledged energy company.

    As mentioned in the recent MD/TD Talk featured in these pages, our upcoming reorganisation will enable us to function more effectively in a more integrated way so that we can optimise our delivery of value and excellence both in the present and future.

    Of course, our core business of oil and gas exploration and production will continue, but we will also be focusing to a much greater degree on renewables, especially solar.

    An example of this is the award of the contract for the Independent Power Producer project at Amin to the Japanese-Omani Consortium led by Marubeni, also covered in this edition. This is the world’s first utility-scale solar project to have an oil and gas company as the sole wholesale buyer of electricity and marks an exciting new chapter in PDO’s history and catalogue of legacies.

    This issue also features the celebration of the 40th anniversary of gas production which is a great source of pride for us all in PDO, as gas has fuelled – and will continue to fuel – domestic and industrial development and valuable export revenues for the country and is now seen across the world as an increasingly valuable source of affordable, low-carbon energy.

    The way we manage our hazardous waste is also an important pillar of our environmental stewardship strategy, and I’m pleased to see the success story of how our local contractor Tradebe Oman has delivered a real step change in performance in terms of savings, value creation, sustainability and compliance.

    Our Diversity and Inclusion efforts continue apace with the introduction of a wave of new initiatives by the Gender Balance team, including the removal of gender-specific recruitment requirements for all jobs. It is our aim to create a conducive environment for both male and female staff to flourish as we strive to be the employer of choice in Oman, while also increasing the number of women who work here.

    The special supplement contained in this magazine captures some of the highlights of our fantastic 48th National Day celebrations. It was wonderful to see the extent of the festivities and the spirit of unity and patriotism both at the Coast and the Interior. So much energy and creativity was put into arranging and staging the events and I’d like to thank the External Affairs and Value Creation Directorate and the cluster Welfare Committees for co-ordinating a fitting tribute to His Majesty.

    Finally, as 2018 nears its end, I’d like to wish you, your families and friends season’s greetings and a very happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous New Year.

    Raoul Restucci

    Managing Director Editors: David Brown Tel: 24673977

    Ikhlas Al Waili Tel: 24676891

    Photographer: Mohammed Al Abri Tel: 24676648

    Designer: Mohammed Al Mahrezi Tel: 24675283

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    01 - Adieu, David!

    01- Power Talk

    02- Minding The Gender Gap

    03 - Yibal Khuff Training Success

    03 - Leaning The Way In Petroleum Engineering

    04 - Blazing A Solar Trail

    05 - A Welcome Break

    05 - School Tech Boost

    06 - Chemical Engineering Debate

    06 - A Speedy Solution

    07 - A Digital Dimension

    08 - Fit For The Future

    09 - A Winning Environment

    10 - Wired For Work

    10 - In The Frame

    11 - The Human Touch

    12 - Gas: The Bridge To The Future

    13 - Quality: A Question Of Trust

  • 1 Al Fahal | December 2018

    PDO’s Front End Engineering Design (FEED) Office held its first “Women in Engineering” Power Talk, an initiative to support PDO female engineering professionals in their development and “quest for excellence”.

    The session hosted Corporate Planning Directorate Ruqaiya Al Hinai, who shared her own career journey and challenges with the 60-strong female audience. She noted PDO was, and still is, Oman’s leading “equal opportunity” employer, encouraging the audience to take full benefit of the development structures in place.

    Work-life balance challenges are experienced by many staff, but Ruqaiya urged the audience to

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    Power Talk maintain a clear view on the longer term, noting that solutions to short-term challenges can be overcome by drive and passion.

    As a place to start, she encouraged her audience to ask themselves: “’Where do I want to be?’ and ‘Where can I make a difference?’”

    She added: “The road from ‘A to B’ will have many obstacles along the way, some at work and some at home. However, with your excellence, you will leave a mark in your work, which will open new doors of opportunity. Your passion for your aspirations will give you the strength to persevere in overcoming the challenges, and success will surely follow”.

    The session was very well received, and more events are being organised with plans to host more women, including some from outside PDO.

    Adieu, David! Al Fahal is sadly bidding farewell to its editor David Brown who is leaving PDO after more than six years in the role to pursue new opportunities in the UK.

    During his tenure, David has led Al Fahal’s transformation both in terms of content and design. He was responsible for the introduction of the current digital version of the publication and has ensured that each of the 75 editions that he has edited have contained a broad cross-section of stories, highlighting the many successes and key initiatives from across the Company.

    Other notable achievements during David’s time as PDO’s Senior Editor have included launching the annual Sustainability Report and playing a leading role in securing PDO’s membership of the United Nations Global Compact as well as Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) status. The numerous press releases and social media posts that he has drafted have also made a significant contribution in raising PDO’s external profile both domestically and internationally.

    David’s efforts have been recognised in recent years as he was part of the PDO team that won

    the Shell Upstream International Award for Diversity and Inclusion, the GCC National Oil Company top award for corporate knowledge as well as Chairman’s Awards for Excellence.

    David is handing the editor’s duties to Ikhlas Al Waili who will also manage other editorial projects and requests.

    He said: “It’s been a privilege to edit Al Fahal for nearly seven years. I’ve been able to meet some wonderful people from across the company and gain a good overview of PDO’s pivotal role in the country.

    “The sheer scale and scope of PDO, and the excellence, ingenuity and generosity of its people, never cease to amaze me.”

    He added: “I’d like to thank all those who have contributed with their ideas, stories and photos; the level of interest in the magazine is as strong now as it was in 2012. It remains a vital platform for sharing the news that matters, not only in PDO but beyond.

    “I also want to thank the whole Al Fahal editorial team: the Arabic translators, the photographers, the designers and the printers. Their hard work, good humour and patience are a credit to them.

    “Last but not least, I wish all the very best to Ikhlas who is determined to take Al Fahal to the next level into the digital age. She is a great ambassador for the magazine and it’s been a pleasure to work with her.”

    If you have any stories or photos which you think might be of interest, please contact us by email or on extension 76891.

  • 2Al Fahal | December 2018

    PDO People

    PDO has scrapped gender-specific recruitment requirements for all jobs and is aiming for its workforce to be 20% female by 2022 as it steps up its Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) campaign.

    In the past, PDO’s field positions were open to men only but the decision was taken by the Gender Balance team to increase female representation across PDO and specifically in the directorates with the lowest gender