Gulf Energy opens new manufacturing facility in Nizwa
Gulf Energy is pleased to announce the opening of Fishing & Remedial Experts Enterprise (FREE) manufacturing facility. The official opening took place under the auspices of H.E Mohsin bin Khamis Al Balushi, Adviser to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. The factory will retain more than $8.4 million in country, supplying drilling and fishing tools which were previously bought on the international market. Although the initial aim is to support the domestic oil and gas industry, there is an aspiration to serve the Middle East and North Africa region in future.
PDO Managing Director Raoul Restucci said: “The opening of the FREE factory in Nizwa will enable PDO to source vital well equipment and tools in the Sultanate rather than from abroad.
“This is a win-win in that it retains more of the wealth of the national oil and gas industry in the Sultanate while at the same time boosting Omani skills and jobs, both in accordance with our In-Country Value programme.
“We will do all we can to support the development of Omani businesses which can service our industry competitively, reliably and professionally.”
The 4,000-square metre workshop is equipped with the latest computerised machinery. It currently employs 21 Omanis and is targeting 35 by the end of the year. However, the project will create at least 70 Omani jobs directly and indirectly by:
- Local manufacturing and supply of a wide range of down-hole and fishing tools and equipment to the entire Gulf Co-operation Council market
- Developing the procurement process within local Omani companies and enhancing their ability to procure, store, sell, transport, replenish and service the business
- Training young national diploma holders in some of the most skilled operations in the oil and gas industry
- Creating an environment that can encourage innovations and new patents leading to the development of new Omani technologySection 1 - Background Image.Section 1 - Content
Gulf Energy Chief Executive Officer Hilal Al Busaidi said: "Gulf Energy and PDO are jointly launching a success ICV project. The project will be the foundation for future R&D and equipment manufacturing to serve the company’s requirement and local market. The facility is equipped with latest machine technologies ran by local talented manpower. Consequently, the ICV must be embedded in all contract to serve the country’s interest and localize knowledge and services”.