Their bus, which was carrying 59 workers, hit a truck at an intersection close to the Galfar camp. Galfar is one of the two main contractors on the $700m Qarn Alam enhanced oil recovery project, planned by Petroleum Development Oman (PDO).

Road accidents are one of the most common causes of deaths in the region’s oil sector, often killing more workers than construction or other operational-related incidents.

In 2007, PDO recorded two work-related road traffic fatalities. It has adopted its “goal-zero” programme to improve safety. Other national oil companies are taking similar steps. Kuwait Oil Company is implementing a multi-million-dollar construction programme to improve roads within its properties.