PDO celebrates Oman Environment Day

Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) yesterday celebrated Oman Environment Day with a high level profile event at the Company’s Mina Al Fahal headquarters in Muscat. A wide-ranging programme included the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the launch of ‘Estidama’ (Sustainability), PDO’s new energy management campaign, and announcing the winners of the Best Environmental Initiative Award, which was organised by Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) in collaboration with PDO.
The event was held under the auspices of Salim bin Nasser al Aufi, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Oil and Gas, and attended by PDO’s Managing Director Raoul Restucci, and other prominent officials including Dr Saif bin Rashid al Shaqsi, Executive Director of the National Field Research Centre for Environmental Conservation at the Diwan of Royal Court.
Under the terms of the MoU, the Company will partner with The National Field Research Centre for Environment Conservation (NFRC) to exchange knowledge between the two institutions by organising various programmes, training courses, workshops and lectures. NFRC will also look at the possibility of adopting the Lean continuous business improvement way of working in its projects.
Building on its focus on sustainability, PDO launched ‘Estidama’ which will support in centralising the communication for all strategic projects that fall under the banner of energy and the environment under one platform.
The campaign is dedicated to building a positive environmental culture across Oman by focusing on six main pillars: renewable energy, people, energy efficiency, environment, energy saving and economy.
Al Aufi praised PDO on its leading role in safeguarding the environment, stressing that the new Estidama campaign “is an excellent communication message.” He added: “Most times when we talk about energy we focus on renewables. There is little talk about the actual efficiency of the consumption itself and conserving some of the energy that is produced already. Estidama is a great initiative because it sheds light on these highly relevant pillars which are energy efficiency and conservation.”
PDO is currently in the early stages of a transition and expansion from a fossil fuel business to a fully fledged energy company, with a particular emphasis on renewable, especially solar energy.
“Energy management is a critical driver at PDO as we gradually move to a fully fledged energy company and today’s event to mark Oman Environment Day provided us with the opportunity to announce new initiatives in support of this. As part of this energy management and sustainability focus, the MOU and the new ‘Estidama’ campaign will enable us to deliver more value for our immediate stakeholders and indeed the whole of Oman in this key area,” said Managing Director Raoul Restucci.