The six most influential figures in the country’s energy sector: Maqbool bin Ali bin Sultan, Yousuf Mohamed al-Ojaili, John Malcolm, Brian Buckley, Mohammed bin Hamad al-Rumhy and Nasser bin Khamis al-Jashmi.
Maqbool bin Ali bin Sultan
Position: Chairman, Oman Oil Company; Minister of Commerce & Industry
Biography: Maqbool bin Ali bin Sultan became chairman of Oman Oil Company (OOC) in January 1996 and has been instrumental in forming partnerships with private sector companies to develop gas-based industrial projects and other downstream energy projects. He signs all joint venture deals involving OOC, notably the 2004 partnership agreements with US-based Dow Chemical for the construction of a polyethylene complex at Sohar industrial port zone, which will produce up to 1 million tonnes a year of polyethylene for export to the Middle East, Europe and Asia. As minister of commerce and industry since 1991, he has been instrumental in the privatisation of the power sector, encouraging local and foreign investors to build gas-fired plants. He also played a key role in the inauguration of the two gas pipelines that supply the industrial zones of Sohar and Salalah.
Contact: (+968) 2457 3100
Yousuf Mohamed al-Ojaili
Position: CEO, Oman Gas Company
Biography: As CEO of Oman Gas Company (OGC), Yousuf Mohamed al-Ojaili is responsible for supplying gas to the majority of domestic users, and to industrial users including power and desalination plants, oil companies and the port of Sohar. The company supplies a total of 32 industrial gas consumers through its 2,000-kilometre gas transmission network. To meet growing gas demand in Oman, Al-Ojaili engineered the successful expansion of OGC’s distribution network, including the addition of compression plants. He is now focusing on other areas of growth and diversification of the company’s responsibilities in the gas sector, particularly on the upstream side. Al-Ojaili joined Oman OGC in 2005 from Petroleum Dev-elopment Oman (PDO), where he had overseen the development of several major upstream gas developments. OGC was established in 2000.
Contact: (+968) 2468 1681
Position: Managing director, Petroleum Development Oman
Biography: John Malcolm has been managing director of Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), the country’s national oil company, since November 2002 and has one of the most important jobs in Oman today: reversing the country’s falling oil production. PDO produces more than 80 per cent of Oman’s oil and has more than 20 enhanced oil recovery (EOR) projects planned or under way. It is one of few oil companies executing world-scale projects in each of the three EOR types: thermal, chemical and miscible gas. In 1986, Malcolm joined the UK/Dutch Shell Group, which has a 34 per cent interest in PDO. His first job at PDO was as head of instrumentation and process control. He was later promoted to head of central engineering. He stayed at PDO for two years before going on to work for Shell in the UK, the Netherlands, the Far East, Australasia and Syria.
Contact: (+968) 2467 7210
Position: CEO, Oman LNG
Biography: Brian Buckley was appointed general manager and CEO of Oman LNG (liquefied natural gas) in 2007. His role is to oversee the liquefaction, storage and exporting of Oman’s natural gas to its international customers. From 2001 to 2006, he was production director for Nigeria LNG, where he oversaw the company’s growth from a small operation with capacity of 6 million tonnes a year (t/y) to a major player with capacity of more than 22 million t/y. Oman LNG began operations in 2000. As head of the company, Buckley is responsible for a 6.6 million-t/y, two-train liquefaction plant at Qalhat. The company also produces and sells natural gas liquids (NGLs) in small quantities as a by-product. Earlier this year, it signed a long-term sale and purchase agreement to supply Oman Refineries & Petrochemicals Company with NGLs. More than half the gas Oman produces is exported to the Far East.
Contact: (+968) 2460 9819
Mohammed bin Hamad al-Rumhy
Position: Minister of oil and gas
Biography: In a country where oil and gas activity accounts for 45 per cent of gross domestic product, Mohammed bin Hamad al-Rumhy is one of the sultanate’s most important figures. His efforts are focused on addressing concerns that Oman’s oil reserves could run dry within the next two decades. In April 2006, he announced that the government planned to invest $10bn in upstream oil and natural gas projects over the next five years. He has put his weight behind the country’s enhanced oil recovery programme, and is working hard on Oman’s ambitions to develop its gas-based industries, especially petrochemicals and fertilisers. Appointed minister of oil and gas in 1997, Al-Rumhy played a key role in lobbying fellow GCC oil ministers as part of Opec’s effort to prevent oil prices falling. In April 2003, he was appointed chairman of Petroleum Development Oman.
Contact: (+968) 2469 9475
Nasser bin Khamis al-Jashmi
Position: Under-secretary, Oil & Gas Ministry
Biography: Nasser bin Khamis al-Jashmi has been under-secretary at the Oil & Gas Ministry since February 2003. He works closely with the minister and is considered his indispensable aide. Al-Jashmi is also chairman of Oman LNG, and is a member of the board of directors of nine other energy companies operating in the sultanate, including national oil company Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). At the ministry, Al-Jashmi is responsible for co-ordinating efforts to increase oil and gas production. He is in charge of supervising several new field developments, notably the US’ Occidental Petroleum’s multi-billion-dollar enhanced oil recovery (EOR) scheme on the Mukhaizna field, which is forecast to increase capacity from the current 8,000 barrels a day (b/d) to 150,000 b/d by 2011. He is also supervising the Qarn-Alam and Harweel EOR schemes, which it is hoped will supply 20 per cent of PDO’s production.
Contact: (+968) 2460 3795
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