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Energy firms join hands to drive jobs for Omani experts

21 Mar 2021

Demonstrating robust efforts and drive towards enhancing in-country value (ICV), four major oil and gas companies in Oman have joined hands to boost the level of Omanisation in key turnaround and maintenance work on their facilities.

PDO, Oman LNG, OQ and OPAL have signed a remote agreement on ‘turnaround and maintenance activities’ to build on an earlier signed memorandum of understating (MoU) between the same parties to explore the local market needs of skilled workforce and the feasibility of this project. 

The agreement was signed by Raoul Restucci, PDO’s managing director, Hamed al Naamany, CEO of Oman LNG, and Ahmed al Azkawi, OQ’s head of procurement. This agreement comes as an initiative to maximise ICV in turnaround activities which are usually dominated by short term expatriate workforce.

The three oil and gas operators, which undertake various maintenance work throughout the year, foresee this as a significant milestone in providing the necessary impetus to the sector’s on-demand local skilled capabilities which would ultimately replace short term expatriate workforce.

The operators, in collaboration with OPAL, established an integrated Turnaround and Maintenance Execution Programme which aims to develop and nurture local capabilities in turnaround execution, as well as upskill the Omani workforce and create jobs for the local Omani cadre in this field.

A turnaround is the shutdown of a plant for a period of time for maintenance, refitting and inspection purposes before it is brought back into operation. Turnarounds are important to ensure the safety and efficiency of operation installation. 

“We are delighted to sign this agreement with key partners to work on a project that will deliver key and fundamental skills and services in Oman by Omanis,” Restucci said. 

“The fluctuating nature of the workforce demand in turnaround activities has always been a significant challenge in localising these positions. It can only be accomplished when major operators collaborate to align their shutdown and maintenance activities to create sustainable demand and consistent work opportunities.”

Naamany said, “Sustainable turnaround capabilities can be achieved by developing Omani work force to take active roles in turnaround opportunities.”

 

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