A New Name for a Stronger Voice of the Industry

The Ministry of Social Development issued the ministerial decision No. 42/2023 related to the approval of the name change of Oman Society for Petroleum Services to “Oman Energy Association”. This new chapter of OPAL new name change comes at an important stage towards an energy transition and carbon neutrality by 2050. And in line with the Ministry of Energy and Minerals and Oman Vision 2040 to enhance Opal a broader scope in serving its members and the energy sector in its various vital fields.

OPAL is a An NGO and a non-profit organization was registered as the first professional society focusing on the Energy & Minerals sector in 2001. To improve the standards of the sector, improve the local industry, strengthen professionalism, and implements best practices in health, security, and safety. The past three years have been remarkable to witness many changes and improvements to it is dynamic role, covering its services to many companies in different sectors, in a way that has proven that Opal is a real partner for development in the Sultanate of Oman. As OPAL services and products includes; TRAINING FOR EMPLOYMENT (TFE), TRAINING FOR DEVELOPMENT (TFD), OPAL BEST PRACTICES AWARDS, OPAL’S ENGAGEMENT FORUMS, ADVISORY & CONSULTANCY SERVICES, OPAL STAR (STANDARDS FOR TRAINING, APPROVAL AND RECOGNITION), LABOUR MARKET INTELLIGENCE RESEARCH, HSE STANDARDS, COMPLIANCE VERIFICATION CERTIFICATION (CVC), THE ENERGY AND MINERALS SECTOR SKILL UNIT (EMSSU), OPAL IN-VEHICLE MONITORING SYSTEM (IVMS) APPROVAL, OPAL DEFENSIVE DRIVING PERMIT, OPAL ROADWORTHINESS ASSURANCE, STANDARD INSPECTION CENTRE (RASIC) APPROVAL, and many other services provided to OPAL members.

Ismail Al Balushi, Member Engagement Manger of Oman Energy Association stated that “OPAL is the premier Energy & Minerals society offers unparalleled access to the industry expertise in the Sultanate of Oman. Our members exceed 480 companies in various activities such as oil and gas, electricity and water production, minerals, wind energy, solar, renewable energy and green hydrogen. These companies represent tens of thousands of employees across the sector, which makes OPAL a powerful communication platform that stakeholders can resort to achieve their desired goals through the available communication networks and database.”

OPAL provides a single umbrella body to promote and facilitate agreements on common standards covering QHSE, work competency, operational effectiveness and Human Resource Development. Our over­all aim is to raise the standards of Oman’s Energy and Minerals Industry and propel it to become world class, internationally competitive and prosperous for the benefit of the business community and the country.

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