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
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