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Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) today (13 May) announced it was banning single-use ‎plastics across its business as part of a wide-ranging campaign on environmental sustainability.‎


In a phased move, the Company will start by replacing plastic cups at its Mina Al Fahal (MAF) ‎headquarters with 3,000 ceramic mugs from June, followed by bans on plastic bags, bottles, ‎cutlery and straws.

The initiative falls under its Estidama (Sustainability) campaign which was launched in ‎January to build a positive environmental culture across Oman by focusing on six main pillars: ‎renewable energy, people, energy, efficiency, environment, energy saving and economy.‎
PDO Managing Director Raoul Restucci made the announcement during his keynote speech at ‎the Company’s annual PDO Day event, marking the fifth anniversary of His Majesty Sultan ‎Qaboos’ official visit to PDO in 2013.‎
Mr Restucci said: “Evidence of the devastating damage caused by plastic to our natural ‎environment is growing every day. It is polluting land, waterways and oceans and having a ‎lethal impact on wildlife and marine species as well as contaminated human water supplies.‎
‎“As one of the largest companies in Oman, PDO is responding to the challenge by rolling out a ‎ban on single-use plastics across our organisation, a move which we hope will encourage others ‎to follow suit and raise awareness more generally of this pressing issue. ‎
‎“We are committed to protecting our environment and highlighting the need to reduce waste ‎which harms biodiversity and threatens the beauty of this wonderful country.”‎
Plastic waste at PDO amounts to an average of 1.2 tons a month and a recent survey found that ‎PDO staff and contractors used around 20,000 plastic cups per week, with around 30% using 10 ‎plastic bags per week and 28% availing themselves of single-use plastic bottles.‎
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The event, which was held under the auspices of His Excellency Salim Al Aufi, Undersecretary ‎

of the Ministry of Oil and Gas, had a strong “green” theme. A booklet titled “Pathways To ‎Sustainability” was launched, showcasing the diverse environmental friendly initiatives ‎launched by PDO, including its efforts to reduce flaring and greenhouse gas emissions, and its ‎flagship Miraah solar plant and Nimr waterland project.‎
Three Omani consultancies working in the green economy also showcased their products and ‎services related to solar panels, LED technology and smart home applications. And there were ‎displays of four new energy efficient technologies pioneered by PDO, including micro turbines ‎that are being used to generate electrical power from flare gas.‎
Hundreds of staff attended the celebrations and following a review of key 2017 achievements, ‎
Mr Restucci added: “The reality is you have helped to transform PDO to deliver beyond ‎expectation time and time again.‎
‎“Despite challenging circumstances, you have stayed the course, working ever more efficiently ‎to create added value for Oman and all our stakeholders.”‎
The event also included PDO’s annual awards ceremony incorporating the 14th Chairman’s ‎Award for Award for Excellence (CAE) and the sixth Dr Abdulla Al Lamki for Developing ‎Talent Award (DALTA). ‎
The winner of the CAE Gold Technical Award was the Exploration Directorate for its ‎significant gas find and integrated way of working at Mabrouk North East, in the north of its ‎concession area. ‎
The winning CAE Gold entry in the Non-Technical category was the Well Engineering ‎Directorate for an in-sourcing project for PDO-owned rigs and hoists, launched to boost ‎operational performance and competency among Omani well engineers.‎
Former Yibal Cluster Delivery Team Leader Hamed Nasser Al Qarny, who has just retired after ‎‎43 years at PDO, was named as the DALTA winner. He was recognised for his significant ‎contribution in developing and mentoring staff.‎
In keeping with the PDO Day 2018 focus on environmental sustainability, the Company also ‎unveiled two new Green Awards. The Gas Directorate won gold for best Environmental ‎Excellence and the Well Engineering Directorate won gold for best Environmental Initiative ‎after achieving zero flaring in well test operations.‎