Petroplan has announced that it is expanding its presence in Oman to help international operators and service companies to fill specialist roles whilst working within the country’s strict workforce nationalisation rules.
Oman currently has an urgent need for qualified oil and gas personnel. A number of major upstream and downstream projects are under construction, including the Khazzan tight gas field and Duqm refinery. Alongside this, international companies in Oman are looking to expand their operations.
Despite stringent rules on the proportion of local workers required on projects (the ratio is officially nine Omanis to every expatriate), it is not always possible to fill roles from the local workforce. Petroplan will help to identify and mobilise the talent required to execute projects, and assist with associated documentation requirements.
Petroplan recently completed its corporate registration in Oman, giving it a licence to operate in the country, and has opened an office in Muscat. It is currently expanding its Oman team to meet customer demand, with the in-country team able to draw upon the support of existing Petroplan offices in London, Houston, Calgary, Dubai and South Africa.
Jon France, Regional Manager – EMENA at Petroplan, said: “It is vital in markets such as Oman that the oil and gas industry recruits as many nationals as possible. However, there will always be some disciplines with skills gaps that require international support.
Oman is one of the regional bright spots for the oil and gas industry, with some major projects underway, and I am delighted that Petroplan is growing there and working with operators and service companies to help square the talent circle”.
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