Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) staff have joined with colleagues from other major Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) oil companies for a beach clean-up day across the region.
More than 50 PDO volunteers worked with others from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) and Muscat Municipality, collecting around 400kg of rubbish from Al Seeb beach, including bottles, plastic bags, and metal waste.
PDO External Affairs and Value Creation Director Abdul-Amir Abdul-Hussein Al Ajmi said: “As a good corporate citizen, PDO is committed to protecting, and raising awareness of, the Omani environment and supporting beach clean-up initiatives is part of this fundamental strategic goal of the Company.
“We all need to work together to ensure our wonderful natural environment and coastline is preserved and I thank all of the volunteers for their sterling efforts in promoting this noble cause.”
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.”
Other oil companies participating in similar clean-ups beach in their own countries included Saudi Aramco, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Qatar Petroleum.
PDO Beach Clean-up Campaign Co-ordinator Hamed Al Haddabi, PDO’s Terminal and Marine Delivery Team Lead, said: “We worked well with our colleagues from MECA and Muscat Municipality and were pleased with what achieved. Seeb 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.”
Note to editors: Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) is the major exploration and production company in the Sultanate. It accounts for about 70% of the country's crude-oil production and nearly all of its natural-gas supply. The Company is owned by the Government of Oman (which has a 60% interest), the Shell Group (which has a 34% interest), Total (which has a 4% interest) and Partex (which has a 2% interest). Gas fields and processing plants are operated by PDO exclusively on behalf of the Government.
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