OPAL — Oman Society for Petroleum Services OPAL started as a concept in 1998, whereby like-minded companies embarked on a vision to promote industry standards. OPAL is the first Society in Oman’s Petroleum Industry to be officially approved and registered in the Sultanate. On the 27th of October 2001, OPAL was officially approved under the regulations governing the formation of societies with the Ministry of Social Development as a non-profit organization. With more than 450 members, made up of Oil & Gas companies, including Producers & Operators, Contractors and Suppliers – large, medium and small, OPAL has become the Voice of the Industry.

OPAL aims to strengthen its services through a single platform to agree and promote standards of work, to increase competencies and professionalism. The long-term target of OPAL is to have the Oman Energy Industry in World Class, internationally competitive and as a figurehead in the sustainable management of Hydrocarbons and Renewable energy. OPAL aspires to be foremost facilitating body to align stakeholders’ objectives, moderate and address common challenges for the benefit of its members.

Leaders of the companies (MD’s, CEO’s and GM’s) meet quarterly to discuss areas of mutual benefit and consensus. An elected Board governs the society applying the highest standards of good corporate governance. OPAL employs a small team but effective executive team to implement its programmes and serve its members.

QHSE is OPAL’s key priority. OPAL’s aim is to achieve high aspiration and encourage QHSE best behaviour and best practice which remains the top focus in the daily life of the industry. OPAL is working to help maturing companies develop minimum QHSE standards. The imperative remains to strive for ‘goal zero’ to achieve no fatalities and no serious injuries.

Human Resources Development training scheme gives priority to employers’ needs and focuses on targeted training, which aims to enhance competence and work ethics. Employment being the objective and training is the enabler. OPAL has in the last 20 years facilitated the training and employment of some 10,700 Omanis. In addition, it has re-employed more than 7,500 redeployment during the last several years.

In addition, the Society plays an important role in times of global economic and financial crisis. The role it played and the services it provided during the pandemic of Covid-19 demonstrates the importance of its economic and social role in the Sultanate.