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Oman Oil Marketing Company launches new mobile filling station

Oman Oil Marketing Company recently launched a mobile filling station to provide fuel services to customers in multiple sectors and remote areas of the Sultanate. Designed with cutting-edge technology, the station is fully capable of meeting the fueling needs of customers in industry, oil and gas, construction and transportation sectors. The filling station has a minimal footprint on the environment, with a built-in system that prevents oil leaks and fire. Capable of storing 50,000-100,000 litres of petrol, the portable station is connected to an operation center wirelessly and can be seamlessly operated by a single person.

Wleed Al Khusaibi, Commercial Business Manager, said: "The launch of our mobile filling station comes as part of our strategy to empower customers with an effective solution anytime, anywhere. Through this new and innovative service, we will cater to all sectors and help support the continued diversification of Oman's economy."

Six students of the Department of Applied Geosciences (AGEO) at GUtech recently participated in the International Course on Carbonate Microfacies 2017 at the Geocenter of the University of Erlangen-NE-rnberg (Germany). Four students, Amal Al Shahaibi, Amani Qasim, Ibtisam Al Kharusi and Wafa Al Ismaili who are all in their final year in Applied Geosciences, received scholarships comprising the course fees and accommodation on campus.

The criteria for the award of the scholarships included the students' performance and their motivation in course-relevant subjects. The annual 'FlE-gel Course' is held under the umbrella of the German Geological Society (DGGV). The course strongly supports students interested in working in the field of Carbonate Reservoir Geology and in the Limestone Industry.

The Carbonate Course at the Geocenter covers all classic and modern aspects of carbonate sedimentology. Lectures by professors from several German Universities are held in English. These lectures cover different topics of carbonate microfacies in addition to exercises with so-called thin sections and sediment samples. The main focus of the course is on recent developments in carbonate sedimentology.

The Geocenter of the University Erlangen-NE-rnberg owns a world renowned, one-of-a-kind collection of carbonate thin-sections and sediment samples. The famous annual 'FlE-gel Course' is named after its initiator, the late Prof. Dr. Erik FlE-gel, a renowned palaeontologist who launched the course in 1976. Until today, 1500 geoscientists from the academia and the industry attended the course. In April the first "FlE-gel-Course" will be held at GUtech. The one-week course will be open to Applied Geosciences students studying at the university.

The Environment Society of Oman commemorates Earth Hour 2017

Sharing the importance of sustainability with citizens and residents, the Environment Society of Oman (ESO) recently celebrated Earth Hour 2017 to raise awareness on climate change and its impact on the Sultanate. More than 400 attended the event, which was held on March 25th evening at Al Bandar Hotel in partnership with the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa.

The event included a wide variety of awareness activities and educational games for families including a magician and star-gazing. Live music by an Omani band as well as 'Just Jam' played throughout. ESO was joined by Muscat's iconic buildings, the Royal Opera House Muscat and the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in turning off their non-essential lighting for yet another year. Lamees Daar, Executive Director of ESO, "For the past decade Earth Hour has been inspiring climate awareness and action around the world, spurring citizens, businesses and even governments to become proactive in changing behaviors. Every flick of a switch brings us closer to a sustainable solution that will help preserve the environment for future generations."

STS organises a ceremony for its Omani Graduate Development Programme

Special Technical Services (STS) recently organised a graduation ceremony for its trainees under the Oman Graduate Development Programme. H.E. Salim Al Aufi, Undersecretary, Ministry of Oil & Gas and Raoul Restucci, Managing Director, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) were the guests of honour at the event.

This programme is planned for one year training for different disciplines (civil, mechanical, maintenance, procurement, instrument, quantity survey and quality survey) at engineers and supervisors level.

This on the job training programme assess the performance of each person with guidance and supported by an experienced person as a mentor.

PDO staff support blood donation drive

The PDO Medical Centre has continued to support the Ministry of Health blood donation team in its work to collect blood from community donors. Several blood donation campaigns are conducted every year at the Company's Mina Al Fahal headquarters and Interior locations and attract a good response from both PDO employees and contractors. A total of 265 employees participated in the latest campaign, held recently in collaboration with the Ministry of Health Blood Bank.

The event created a wider awareness of the need for regular donation because of the short shelf-life of blood components and encouraged existing and potential donors to donate blood at regular intervals.

Blood donating can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions to live longer with a better quality of life, and supports complex medical and surgical procedures. It also has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and child care and during man-made and natural disasters. Last year, 600 units of blood were collected from PDO volunteers during donation sessions.

Dr Sulaiman Al Rawahi, Chief Medical Officer at PDO said: "Blood donating not only can save a patient's life but also can help the donor improve their body metabolism. The Ministry of Health Blood Bank and PDO Medical team would like to extend their sincere thanks to all employees and contractors who donated blood in this event."

Octal sheds light on manufacturing potential at Oman Plast 2017

Salalah-based PET innovator and economic powerhouse OCTAL sponsored OMAN PLAST 2017, the Sultanate's leading plastics and petrochemicals event. A platform of great importance to manufacturers, service providers and SMEs, OCTAL showcased its achievements over the past decade and highlighted the opportunities waiting to be harnessed in Oman's fast-growing manufacturing industry.

OCTAL's Director of Government Affairs, Ahmed Al Najjar, said: "As a globally successful Omani company at the forefront of PET technology, OCTAL is an ambassador for the tremendous possibilities and potential of the Sultanate's rapidly growing manufacturing industry. Leading by example and with a firm belief in the strength and contribution of innovation and enterprise, OCTAL works on an on-going basis to develop SMEs in the downstream PET industry, collaborating with them to best enhance their significant contribution to our country's vision of a vibrant diversified economy."

He added: "Investing in our staff through an active program of continuous professional development, we also nurture Omani talent to enable them to take advantage of the many and increasing employment opportunities with domestic manufacturers. In this regard, we regularly fund educational scholarships and have provided 225 internship placements to date. With a focus on building the technical skills required by this dynamic key sector, we launched the National Technical Development Program in co-operation with the Ministry of Manpower and partner colleges. So far, the program has graduated 93 people, with 89 subsequently offered jobs."

Occidental Oman conducts a student seminar

Occidental Oman recently conducted the first Student Seminar of its Student Awards Campaign for the Advancement of Post-Graduate Education in Oman. The Seminar was on "Why Pursue Graduate Studies" and was held at the German University of Technology. Various issues and points of view were discussed by prominent key speakers including Steve Kelly, President and General Manager of Occidental Oman, Prof. Dr-Ing. Michael Modigell, Rector of GUtech in Oman, Dr. Saif Al-Hiddabi, Deputy Secretary General, The Research Council (TRC) and Maher Al Wahaibi, a recipient of Occidental Oman Student Awards 2016.

With over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas sector, Steve Kelly joined a panel of key stakeholders to share his deep knowledge of the industry to an audience of 100 GUtech Students spanning across various departments such as engineering, geosciences, business, urban development & planning, and computer science.

The seminar served as a platform for students, professors, government officials, and representatives from the oil and gas industry, to discuss opportunities related to post graduate studies and subsequent career paths.

SNC-Lavalin awarded EPC contract by Salalah Methanol Company for the construction of an ammonia plant

SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a contract by Salalah Methanol Company LLC (SMC) for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of an anhydrous liquid ammonia plant, including its utilities and off-site infrastructure, in Salalah. The project is expected to begin in March this year with SNC-Lavalin initially performing the early works programme.

Upon closing of financing by SMC, expected to occur in June 2017, SNC-Lavalin will continue with the engineering, procurement of equipment, construction and commissioning of the facility, which will produce anhydrous liquid ammonia using a technology provided by Linde Group.

SNC-Lavalin's Abu Dhabi office will be responsible for the project delivery, supported by local and international resources, while maximizing the use of in-country expertise and local workforce during the construction phase.

"SNC-Lavalin has gained direct and relevant experience across our four sectors of activity over the past 40 years in United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the greater Middle East region", said Jose J. Suarez, President, Mining & Metallurgy, SNC-Lavalin. "This new contract is testament of our continued commitment to the region and strong expertise in delivering world-class industrial facilities, while integrating a wide range of technologies in our projects", he added.

Advanced Oilfield Technology Company LLC launches new & refreshed website

Advanced Oilfield Technology LLC (AOTC), part of Al Sulaimi Group Holding, has launched its new and refreshed website - The updated website includes changes to navigation, with dropdown menus for both mobile and desktop versions; it has also improved the structure of the content, so the clients will get more from a quick read. There is a whole host of smaller but impactful changes, all to make user experience of the website much better.

"In today's competitive industry, we realize the importance and benefit to the companies we serve, of an interactive website, as well as staying current with industry news as it spread through the power of social media and the blogging of relative content

The goal of the website is to aid an oil and gas company engineer, procurement specialist, project manager or company owner in their search for a solution to their need to hire a top notch professional.

In that process we guide them in learning more about AOTC and the services we provide to Oman; to inform them about our focus and commitment to safety, operational excellence and our exceptional employees and work ethic. In short, why AOTC should be part of your team on your next project," said Shakil Hasan, General Manager of AOTC.

PDO's new external website launched

Petroleum Development Oman has launched its new external website. The new site is designed to enhance understanding of the Company, the role it plays in the Sultanate and showcase its wide range of initiatives. The updated portal incorporating both English language and Arabic versions includes improvements to navigation, with drop down menus for desktop, mobile and tablet versions.

Orpic participates in Career and Training Opportunities Fair 2017

Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries (Orpic) took part at the Career and Training Opportunities Fair held recently at the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU). Trained around 249 students from different universities and colleges with technical and non-technical specialization last year, Orpic's participation in the Career and Training Opportunities Fair 2017 was aimed supporting and developing young Omanis to take on leadership roles and contribute to the Sultanate's success. Through the fair, Orpic targeted university and college graduates and also offered internship opportunities to fresh graduates.

Recently, Orpic celebrated the graduation of 197 Omani trainees at a gala ceremony in Sohar. These graduates are part of Orpic's comprehensive training programme which Orpic undertakes on a yearly basis. The students graduated under different disciplines such as Bachelor's Degree, Instrument Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Chemical Engineers, Engineering; Internal Audit, Procurement, Engineering (Diploma holders); Field operators, Instrument technicians, Electrical technicians, Mechanical technicians, Document controllers, HSE analysts, etc.

Speaking on the occasion Nofal Al Saidi, GM - Human Resource Services, Orpic, stated, "Orpic has an ambitious plan to expand its business through its investments in Sohar Refinery Improvement Project, Liwa Plastics Industries Complex, Muscat Suhar Product Pipeline with a total cost of approximately $9bn which will be commissioned over a couple of years. This means that our need for both new and skilled manpower will increase tremendously. As part of our commitment to support the national drive, we will be training and developing young Omanis to take on various roles. Their development will also be supported by mentors and function heads who will actively seek to nurture and guide these young minds into a bright future whilst bringing the potential of our people alive."

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