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
FLYING THE FLAG
ON NATIONAL DAY
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
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.
Ikhlas Al Waili
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Saleh Al Alawi
Yaqoub Al Mufargi
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05 04 07
01 - Adieu, David!
01- Power Talk
02- Minding The Gender Gap
03 - Yibal Khuff Training Success
03 - Leaning The Way In Petroleum
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
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.
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.”
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2Al Fahal | December 2018
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