The exhibition focusing on in-country value (ICV) opportunities was held at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Center on 30 September and 1 October 2018. The business and training opportunities for SMEs and young Omanis are in line with national objectives of prioritising opportunities that would arise from construction work of the project to be dedicated to growing local businesses and upgrade the skill levels of youth. The exhibition in Muscat was a follow-up to a similar forum organised in Duqm a week ago.
Salim bin Nasser Al Aufi, undersecretary, Ministry of Oil and Gas, Sultanate of Oman, hailed the positive role played by Duqm Refinery in the local community, and the positive feedback on the ICV forum held the week before in Duqm Crowne Plaza, which lasted for three days.
“It seems that the financing world in very happy with what they have seen us doing. We have done enormous amount of due diligence from the project side; we have also done lot of due diligence on our environmental and social obligations. In-country value initiatives are a part of these obligations. Those due diligences are now complete. It seems that everybody is happy with what we have done in the past and what we are going to do in the future. The financing for the Duqm Refinery project was challenging, but it is done now,” said Jacobus Nieuwenhuijze, project director, Duqm Refinery.
“Duqm Refinery is a very good example of cooperation between Oman and Kuwait. And, this is just the first step. We are very carefully looking in to the next step, which will be a petrochemical complex. We have started all kinds of preliminary work on it. This project will start within a short time. The petrochemical complex will complete the vision that we have – first to have the refinery, which can economically stand by itself, to be followed by a petrochemical complex to support the economy,” Nieuwenhuijze emphasised.
The recent Duqm Refinery ICV event in Duqm succeeded in attracting many youngsters who sought business and training opportunities in the project. The Muscat ICV exhibition aimed at reaching wider sections of Omani youth to know more about those opportunities and to meet with the company officials to have a clear image about those opportunities.
A number of public and private institutions took part in the exhibition such as SEZAD, Takatuf Oman, Al Raffd Fund, Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises (Riyadah), and the three global EPC contractors for the Duqm Refinery project.
All the opportunities offered under the Duqm Refinery ICV programme are showcased in a dedicated website – www.duqmrefineryicv.om – where students and SMEs can learn more about the opportunities and apply for various programmes.
SME owners who are interested in the business opportunities on offer need to be registered with the Joint Suppliers Registration System (JSRS) of the Ministry of Oil and Gas, Sultanate of Oman, to be eligible to compete on those opportunities.
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