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About Shell Development Oman
Shell Development Oman LLC provides a central point for co-ordination of all Shell activities and interests in the Sultanate of Oman.
As the major exploration and production company in Oman, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) currently produces more than 80% of the Sultanate’s oil and most of its natural-gas supply. It is also the second of the Sultanate’s largest employers of Omani nationals, after the Government.
With a 34% stake in the company, Shell shares its interest with the Government of Oman (60%), Total (4%) and Partex (2%). Shell leverages its global presence and know-how by actively supporting PDO through the provision of specialist advice and consultancy, leading-edge technologies and the secondment of some 500 specialist staff.
PDO finds oil fields and develops them into productive assets by drilling wells and constructing and operating various hydrocarbon treatment and transport facilities. The crude oil that is produced from the fields is then delivered to a storage facility at Mina al Fahal, where it is loaded onto sea-going tankers at the discretion of the Company's shareholders. PDO is now seen as one of the most technically advanced companies in Oman and within the region, especially in Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR).
The company also finds, develops and operates natural-gas fields and their associated production systems – all on behalf of the Government of Oman. The gas is delivered to the Government Gas System, which supplies fuel for most of Oman's power stations and some of its industries, and to the Oman Liquefied Natural Gas (OLNG) plant at Qalhat, near Sur. As part of its gas-production operations, PDO also supplies some 50,000 barrels per day of condensate (liquid hydrocarbons that condense out of natural gas) and about 200 tonnes per day of liquefied petroleum gas, which is chiefly used for cooking.
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Established by Royal decree in 1994 following the discovery in the early 1990s of significant volumes of gas in the Sultanate, Oman Liquefied Natural Gas LLC is one of the largest investment projects in Oman, harnessing cutting edge technologies to provide the world with a cleaner source of energy.
With a 30% share in the company, Shell was chosen by the Government to be Technical and Commercial Adviser for the project, due to the complexities of producing and delivering the gas to end-users as far as Korea and Japan. This saw Shell not only involved in the design and construction of the plant in Sur, but also in the development of gas wells, a gas processing plant and 352 kms of pipeline.
Oman LNG became recognised as one of the fastest LNG projects to ever come to fruition, taking just nine years from gas discovery to the export of its first cargo.
The company is also proud to fund a number of programmes aimed at equipping young Omanis with essential business skills and helping them find better career opportunities. Other contributions to society include building a network of paved roads to connect various villages near Sur and the construction of over 360 residential units for the less privileged.
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Initially established in 1958, Shell Marketing (Oman) Ltd became a public limited company in 1997 and was renamed Shell Oman Marketing Company SAOG. This was a unique step in Shell’s history in the Middle East and today ownership of the company is shared between Shell, with 49%, and private investors, many of whom are members of the Omani public.
This ensures that the company not only benefits from Shell’s world-class marketing expertise, it is also able to call upon first-hand knowledge of the Sultanate’s business needs and practices.
Today, Shell Oman Marketing provides services and sells a wide range of Shell automotive, aviation and marine products, including fuels, lubricants and greases . SOM also has a network of over 120 Shell retail filling stations strategically located throughout the Sultanate.
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After its first shipment in December 2005, Qalhat LNG was officially inaugurated on March 25 2006 as a joint venture between the Government of Oman, Oman LNG, Union Fenosa Gas, Itochu Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation and Osaka Gas Australia. Shell shareholding in Qalhat LNG is through its stake in Oman LNG.
To date, the company has achieved many milestones, including becoming the ‘fastest brown field project’ in the industry. Not only was the plant ready for start-up one-month ahead of schedule, it was also completed well below budget.
Qalhat LNG achieved yet another milestone in its short history when it was honoured with the huge accolade of ‘Energy Company of the Year 2006’ at the highly acclaimed Petroleum Economist Awards.