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BP Oman's Khazzan contract to create jobs, boost local supply chain

Extension of Veolia's contract for water treatment plant in Khazzan gas field to support Omanisation, ICV programmes

BP Oman has awarded a contract for Khazzan [representational image].
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BP Oman has awarded a contract for Khazzan [representational image].

BP Oman has renewed a five-year operations and maintenance (O&M) contract that Veolia Middle East is delivering for a reverse-osmosis raw water treatment plant in the Khazzan gas field, which will result in the creation of new jobs and business opportunities for Omani engineers and businesses.

Veolia’s contract extension will see it continuing O&M service delivery at the plant, which has a capacity of 4,000m3 processed water and 2,000m3 drinking water per day. 

The O&M contract renewal has driven Veolia to increase its support for the Omani government’s In-Country Value (ICV) and Omanisation programmes, respectively aimed at boosting the sultanate’s homegrown supply chain and talent pool. 

Veolia will increase the number of Omanis working in its 120-strong workforce by 80% within the first six months of the contract’s delivery.

Additionally, the company has committed to implementing a “tailor-made [ICV] procurement programme that will prioritise Omani goods and suppliers”. Veolia Middle East’s chief executive officer, Sébastien Chauvin, said the resource allocation is aligned with the company’s push for sustainable development in its local operating markets.

BP’s regional director for procurement and supply chain management (PSCM), Aflah Al Hadhrami, said Veolia’s support for ICV underscores the British company’s efforts in the direction. 

“Our contract with Veolia, and the way it is structured, is another example of how we are committed towards building local content into our supply chain – a key focus area of our procurement strategy,” Al Hadhrami added.

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