Muscat, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO)

today celebrated 40 years of uninterrupted gas production, marking a

major milestone in the history of Oman’s largest oil and gas producer.

A special event was held at the Company’s Muscat

headquarters under the auspices of Eng. Salim bin Nasser al-Aufi,

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Oil and Gas, who was joined by

hundreds of staff at the Mina Al Fahal offices.

Eng. al-Aufi said in a statement that the celebration of 40 years

of uninterrupted gas production in Sultanate of Oman since the

beginning of 1978 to 2018 is a success for PDO in

the process of gas production in the Sultanate. He pointed out that

about 97 percent of electricity production comes from gas, and that

most industries within the Sultanate rely on gas, in addition to the gas

that is exported through Oman Gas Company. He added that there are

currently large numbers of gas processing plants in Saih Rawl,

Khulood and Khazzan.

On the exploration and production of oil and gas in the maritime

areas, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Oil and Gas said oil and

gas is being produced in the Musandam of which production is

heading to the gas station in Musandam, in addition to the area that

was agreed with the Italian company Eni last year in the south of the


In his speech to the assembled audience, PDO’s Managing

Director Raoul Restucci said: This occasion is a great source of pride

for all in PDO, as gas has fuelled � and will continue to fuel � domestic

and industrial development and valuable export revenues for the


It is also largely regarded as the fuel of transition to the future and the

most environment-friendly fossil fuel at our disposal, underlining the

importance of longer-term gas supply and performance sustainability to

ensure continued domestic growth and combat climate change


He added: Gas is a valuable resource and we have been

affording even greater importance to its conservation. We have many

initiatives and projects supporting our Gas Conservation Strategy,

including the greater use of renewables. The Miraah solar plant in Amal

and the recently awarded Amin solar photovoltaic IPP project are fine

examples of that. We are also working hard to eliminate routine flaring

from our operations well before the World Bank’s 2030 target.

The history of PDO’s gas production began on 29 October 1978

when His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said officially opened the nation’s

first natural gas processing plant at Yibal during his annual meet-the-

people tour.

An area of the atrium at the Company’s Bait Mina Al Fahal

(BMF) offices was devoted to His Majesty and his long-standing

support for PDO, with a slideshow showcasing photos from the

inauguration of the facility.

There were also a number of other displays and electronic

touch screens charting key events in PDO’s gas journey over the past

four decades. The exhibition also highlighted the importance of gas for

electricity generation, cooking and heating, and export and industrial


PDO Gas Director Salim al-Sikaiti praised staff and contractors,

past and present, for their hard work over the past 40 years in

delivering gas for domestic and international customers.

He added: Gas will remain a key energy source, not just for

Oman but the whole world, for a very long time. The growth in demand

will continue and the focus to discover more and optimise production

will remain.

There is a heavy responsibility for us to deliver day in, day out but I

know I have the people, both in my own directorate and others, and our

contracting community who can rise to this great challenge.

As part of the celebrations, Dr. Mohammed bin Hamad al-

Rumhy, Minister of Oil and Gas, recently officially opened PDO’s Gas

Network Operations Centre (GNOC), a state-of-the-art facility in Saih

Rawl, which monitors and co-ordinates the production from PDO’s

eight gas plants in real time to ensure safe, efficient and reliable

delivery to customers.

Source: Oman News Agency