Muscat: Oman Society for Petroleum Services (Opal) celebrated the launch of the Unified Defensive Driver’s License for the energy sector under the patronage of Ing. Salim bin Nasser Al Aufi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy and Minerals.
The event took place at the W Muscat hotel in the presence of Sheikh Nasr bin Amer Al Hosani, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Labor for Labor, Eng. Salem bin Mohammed Al Nuaimi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology for Transport and many executives and heads of member companies.
During the ceremony, companies and committees that have contributed to the Unified Defensive Driver’s License project for the energy sector were honored.
It should be noted that the Unified Defensive Driving License for the Energy Sector is an integrated and recognized driving license for the entire energy sector and allows drivers to drive throughout the sector with a single document which is periodically renewed to ensure commitment to safe driving skills and behaviors. achieve a driving environment free from injuries or accidents.
With the Unified Defensive Driver’s License, qualified drivers will be able to drive in all concession areas, followed by advanced training and assessment. This initiative will save operators and contractors time and effort to train or test drivers. In addition, annual costs of up to OMR 6 million for the sector will be saved.
Another important step during the ceremony was the presentation to the winners of the member companies of the Opal Awards for Best Practices.
After fair competition between institutions and oil companies, PDO, Schlumberger Oman and Saih Al-Sreya won awards in the Health and Safety category. In the Omanization category, Occidental of Oman and Al Shawamikh were among the winners. OQ Company, Al Hassan Engineering Company and Al Baraka Oil Services Company were crowned in the category of technical and operational excellence.
In the environmental category, PDO and Oman Cement Company won the prize. PDO and Petrofac were crowned in the Omani product category. As for the Research and Development category, it went to Daleel Petroleum. In the Energy Transition category, the prize was awarded to Petroleum Development Oman.
The Opal Award for Best Practices competition for member companies showed an honorable competition among the member companies who submitted their projects to the evaluation committee with the amount of 60 projects, including 24 projects classified by type of companies qualified for projects of large farms businesses, entrepreneurs and local community entrepreneurs.