Oman's PDO, Schlumberger open $26m assembly, repair, test plant

Facility to manufacture electric submersible pumps (ESPs), gauges, and accessories and create 20 jobs for Omanis

The facility is located in Nizwa in the Sultanate.
The facility is located in Nizwa in the Sultanate.

Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) and Schlumberger Oman & Co, a part of Houston-based American oilfields company Schlumberger have opened the Oman Assembly, Repair, and Inspection (ART) Centre in Nizwa, with an investment of $26m (OMR10m).

The Oman ART Centre will produce artificial lift equipment for the oil and gas industry, electric submersible pumps (ESPs), gauges, and accessories. Additionally, the facility will also provide maintenance services for ESP components, tools, and power cables, the Oman News Agency revealed in an Arabic-language report.

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

According to ONA, the facility will support Schlumberger’s efforts towards Omanisation by proving employment opportunities to 20 Omanis, which accounts to 80% of the total employment during the facility first operational year, with this number set to increase over the years.

Speaking about the facility external affairs and value creation director at PDO, Eng Abdul-Amir Al Ajmi, 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.”

Meanwhile, managing director at Schlumberger Oman, Ali Al Lawati, 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.”

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