Muscat, The Petroleum Development Oman (PDO)

today signed 10 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) for social

investment projects worth more than RO 3.5 million.

The MoUs aim to benefit Omani communities across the Company’s

concession area through social investment initiatives in different fields

including education, safety, infrastructure and non-governmental

organisation (NGO) support.

The MoUs were signed in an official ceremony attended by guest of

honour Dr. Madiha bint Ahmed al-Shibani, Minister of Education, at

PDO’s Knowledge World venue in Muscat.

Among the initiatives, PDO will construct 12 wings for female

students in seven schools in Al Wusta, one in A’Dakhliya and four in

Dhofar. Each wing will consist of eight classrooms, two offices, two

teacher rooms, a football playground, a school canteen and supporting

facilities, which will help to boost female education and inclusion. The

Company also recently completed the building of a new school in Al

Athaiba, and started building one in Dhahboon and a school extension

in Hamra Al Duru.

The Education Minister said: It is a great opportunity to sign the

MoUs between PDO and the governmental and non-governmental

organisations, while we are celebrating Oman Renaissance Day, to

continue the development journey across all fields in the Sultanate.

This proves that economic and social development relies on the

collaborative resources and experiences of both governmental and

private sectors.

The Ministry of Education has co-operated with PDO on many

fruitful initiatives and today we continue this through signing this MoU

to build the 12 school wings.

The signing of the MoUs also underlines PDO’s commitment to

support NGOs, acknowledging their important role in sustaining

community development. One agreement was signed with the Oman

Association for the Disabled aiming to supply specialist equipment for

the disabled, including electrically operated wheelchairs. Another was

signed to renovate a rehabilitation centre for disabled children in the

Wilayat of Adam and another aimed at further building PDO’s

relationship with Special Olympics Oman to support its activities for two


In addition, PDO will support the construction of two majlises (public

halls) in Agareet and Rahab in the Wilayat of Shaleem, which will

provide venues for any official or social gathering. To date, the

Company has already built more than 20 majlises across its

concession area as important communal hubs for local residents. The

Company will also continue its ongoing support for the community in

Haima by funding the renovation of the camel race track there.

PDO is also backing the expansion and renovation of Falaj Al

Washhi at Al Kharma in Izki and sponsor the maintenance of Falaj Al


The Company is stepping up its efforts to enhance road safety, both

within its boundaries and beyond and extending its installation of solar

self-lit reflectors which improve visibility at night and inclement weather.

PDO has already launched a programme to fix the cat’s eye devices

on more than 1,000 kilometres of road in the North and South of its

operations and will now expand the installation to cover the 320

kilometre Adam-Thumrait road.

The MoUs confirming the new commitments were signed by PDO

Managing Director Raoul Restucci and senior Government and NGO

representatives including Said bin Hamdoon al-Harthy, Undersecretary

for Ports and Maritime Affairs, Sheikh Mohammed Taher Barham, Wali

of Shaleem, Sheikh Hamed Rashid al-Muqbali, Wali of Adam, Sheikh

Ahmed bin Ali al-Durei, Deputy Wali of Haima, Said bin Ali al-Malki,

Deputy Chairman of the Oman Association for Disabled, Eng. Said bin

Nasser al-Habsi, Director General of Water Resources Evaluation in the

Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources, and Saif

Mohammed al-Rubaey, Vice-Chairman of Special Olympics Oman.

Restucci said: Our Social Investment programme aims to contribute

to the sustainable development of Omani communities and to address

their specific needs through a variety of different projects executed in

co-operation with governmental and non-governmental bodies.

Thousands of people will reap real benefits from these latest MoUs

in the fields of education, safety and infrastructure and directly share in

the rewards from our oil and gas activities.

Source: Oman News Agency