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-
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
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