Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) staff have joined forces with volunteers from Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) major oil companies for a port and beach clean-up day across the region.
More than 50 PDO staff participated alongside volunteers from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA), and Muscat Municipality and around 250kg of refuse was collected from Al Ghubra beach including bottles, plastic bags, and metal waste.
PDO External Affairs and Value Creation Director Abdul-Amir Abdul-Hussein Al Ajmi said: “PDO is committed to protecting, and raising awareness of, the Omani environment and we are strongly support keeping our beaches and shoreline clean, safe and free from rubbish.
“We all need to work together to ensure our wonderful coast and sea are preserved both for current and future generations and I thank all of those who volunteered to help keep Al Ghubra beach clean.”
The activity was part of a commitment from all GCC countries which are members of the Regional Clean Sea Organisation (RECSO). RECSO is an oil industry co-operative organisation based on the concept of "mutual aid" and was officially launched in 1972 by 13 founder members, including PDO, which is the only Omani oil and gas company member. The organisation was set up as a collective response to major oil pollution incidents and works to achieve the common objective of a “Clean Gulf.”
PDO Beach Clean-up Campaign Co-ordinator Hilal Al Dughaishi said: “We worked well with our colleagues from MECA and Muscat Municipality and were pleased with what was achieved. Al Ghubra beach is one of Oman’s most beautiful and keeping it free of rubbish and pollution not only protects its look but also reduces the potential harm to birds and marine species.
“The clean-up is one of many environmental initiatives taken by PDO which is dedicated to ensuring that all its operations and activities are performed in an environmentally sustainable manner and in accordance with Oman’s laws and regulations.”