Oman’s PDO, Schlumberger inaugurate assembly, repair and testing centre

49202559573 05bde025aa cPetroleum Development Oman (PDO) in collaboration with Schlumberger Oman & Co. have celebrated the inauguration of the Oman Assembly, Repair and Testing (ART) centre in Nizwa Industrial Estate, with an investment valued at US$26mn

The Oman ART centre specialises in producing artificial lift equipment for the oil and gas industry, including electrical submersible pumps (ESPs), gauges and accessories. In addition, the facility will provide maintenance of ESP components, tools and power cables.

The facility can manufacture 25 to 60 ESP strings per month at full capacity with each ESP string containing a motor, a protector, an intake and two pump sections.

In-line with the Schlumberger commitment to Omanisation, the facility will employ 20 Omanis, which approaches to 80 per cent of the total employment during the first operational year. This employment percentage of Omanis is expected to increase with the years.

Abdul-Amir Al Ajmi, External Affairs and Value Creation director, said, “PDO is always eager to support the implementation of the In-Country Value (ICV) Blueprint Strategy of the oil and gas industry to diversify the Omani economy and guarantee that more of the oil and gas industry abundance is reserved.

“And accordingly, we believe that the Oman ART centre will support PDO’s operations through boosting production, creating more jobs and training opportunities, saving costs, enabling custom-made solutions and adequate lead-time delivery of goods and services, and mainly enhancing performance”.

Ali Al Lawati, managing director at Schlumberger Oman, said, “The Oman ART Centre is the largest artificial lift facility for Schlumberger within the region. It was built under our global facilities standard to serve Oman and neighbouring countries. This new hub for artificial lift operations exemplifies our commitment to ICV, which enables regional efficiency and performance, while increasing local content and alignment with the strategic priorities of Oman and the region.

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