The ISO certification ceremony of Sur desalination plant was presided by H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Mustahil bin Salem Shamas, Governor of South Sharqiyah. Bahwan Veolia Water has adopted an ambitious policy for health and safety. In addition to the whole management system that was implemented and continuously improved since, the company has made serious efforts on the communication and training of employees and subcontractors. In 2017, more than half of the 3,000 training man-hours were dedicated to HSE, representing more than two days of HSE per person.
Erwan Rouxel, Veolia Contracts representative in Oman, said, “Veolia is already firmly rooted in the Omani society, especially in Sur. Every year, several dozen of young men and women from Sharqiyah are welcomed for several weeks of training, to give them a first experience of working in the private sector. Veolia is also supporting diversity and equal opportunity of work between gender. This year, we have recruited the first omani woman as operator supervisor as part of our Operations team.”
“With these certificates, we are not only celebrating the health and safety culture of our company, but also its commitment towards the protection of the environment, as well as the constant focus on delivering the best services possible to our clients,” said Sébastien Chauvin, CEO of Veolia Middle East. Sur Desalination Plant has been in operation since October 2009, and has inaugurated its extension about two years ago. It is the main source of freshwater for North and South Sharqiyah. The plant uses reverses osmosis technology, and is pumping the seawater partially from beach wells and partially from a direct seawater intake.