OPAL’s best practice awards recognise industry excellence

Muscat - 

The Oman Society for Petroleum Services (OPAL), the umbrella organisation of oil and gas producers, contractors, vendors and service providers in the sultanate, hosted the 2017 edition of its Best Practice Awards at the Crowne Plaza Muscat on Wednesday.

OPAL’s Best Practice Awards is a signature, annual event that recognises innovation, excellence and best practice standards centreing around areas of vital importance to the oil and gas industry.

H E Salim bin Nasser al Aufi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Oil and Gas, was the guest of honour at the event, which drew a large turnout of CEOs and high-level executives representing market players from across Oman’s hydrocarbon sector.

There was also an insightful talk on innovation strategies for oil and gas companies, presented by Ahmed Abdulwahab, founder and CEO of Next Arabia, which is a boutique advisory firm that helps corporate companies, government institutions and startups to develop and implement innovative business models.

As many as 20 entries submitted by 11 companies were showcased at the well-attended event. These were classified into four broad categories: Human capital development; technical and operational excellence; health, safety and environment; and small business development.

Competing for the coveted awards in their best respective categories were: Occidental Oman, Oman LNG, Orpic, Abraj Energy Services, Consolidated Contractors Co Oman, Oman Oil Company Exploration & Production, Daleel Petroleum, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), Shell Development Oman, ARA Petroleum Oman, and Oman Construction Company.

Representatives from each of the contestants were given the opportunity to outline the innovative aspects of their initiatives while a panel of judges weighed each of the entries against an agreed set of evaluation criteria.

The evening culminated with Best Practice Awards going to the following companies whose entries were held up as novel, cutting-edge and value-adding in respective categories: Human capital development - PDO (best practice in PRISM reporting system); health, safety and development - PDO (best practice in the pit-less drilling project); technical and operational excellence - Daleel Petroleum (best practice in drilling fluid optimisation project); and small business development - Shell Development Oman (best practice in rapidly increasing energy demands).

Congratulating the winners, OPAL chief executive officer Musallam al Mandhry lauded the participating companies for their enthusiasm and commended them on the high quality of their entries. He noted in particular the rising strength of interest in the awards, which garnered 20 entries this year, up from 12 in 2016.

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