PDO inks 18 MoUs in support of community projects

Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has committed to support a raft of new initiatives to benefit communities and boost sustainable development across the Sultanate. The programme includes commitments in the key areas of health and safety, community infrastructure, employability training, charities, and animal welfare.
At an official ceremony at PDO’s Muscat headquarters yesterday, March 7, a total of 18 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) relating to the support were signed under the auspices of guest of honour, Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Saee.di, the Minister of Health.
The package includes the funding of a new in-patient ward for the neurology department at Khoula Hospital and an echocardiography machine for Al Nahdha Hospital, both in the capital, to support thousands of patients, 50 adjustable beds for physiotherapy and rehabilitation treatment for elderly and disabled people, and a new ambulance for Al Mashash Health Centre in Masqshan.
Among a range of infrastructure commitments, PDO is backing a new Food and Water Control Laboratory in Haima to cater for the research and analysis needs of Al Wusta Governorate, and the construction of a walkpath with outdoor sport equipment to help communities exercise outdoors in the public park in Dhank.
Another infrastructure pledge is for the renovation and maintenance of the 450-metre falaj at Al Mughbariyha in Samayil, an important irrigation channel for agriculture and palm trees.
PDO Managing Director Raoul Restucci said: “Our commitment and support is targeted at meeting pressing community needs through the provision of important facilities and services to support the safety and health of residents.
“Our mantra is that we only succeed if the communities in which we operate succeed, and these programmes will undoubtedly empower citizens and afford them new opportunities for many years to come.
“We are delighted to be able to sign these latest commitments which will make a tangible difference to the lives of thousands of people across Oman with our valued government, municipal and non-governmental partners.”
To boost employment, PDO is also backing an employability skills programme for 30 jobseekers in Bahla to help them secure work.
The Company will also donate eight new mobile veterinary clinics for Ibri, Adam, Thumrait, Bahla, Al Jazir, Shaleem, Maqshan and Haima to improve the well-being of livestock and boost the local economy in rural areas. This follows the donation last year of 12 mobile veterinary clinics currently in use across the Sultanate.