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Historical Timeline of PDO between 1937 and 2016.


The Company boosted its employment efforts with an historic pledge to create 50,000 job opportunities in non-oil sectors, such as aviation, tourism, manufacturing and services.


​PDO and GlassPoint Solar announced plans to build Miraah one of the world’s largest solar plants.


The Harweel 2AB project became fully operational, injecting up to 1.7 million cubic metres of miscible gas a day to extract oil.


His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said made an historic visit to PDO headquarters at Mina Al Fahal on the 12th of May.


The Amal West steam plant was commissioned and scored a first in PDO history with its application of steam EOR on a commercial scale. Moreover, the world-first Nimr reed beds project began treating water produced through oil production.


The Qarn Alam project produced its first steam, with oil production going on-stream.


PDO successfully commissioned the Company's first full-scale enhanced oil recovery project at Marmul. The Marmul Polymer Project in the south of PDO's concession area added a further 8,000 barrels of oil production per day over the following years.


PDO officially inaugurated the Kauther Gas Plant, which could process up to 20 million cubic metres of gas per day destined for the Omani market.


The Company celebrated the 30th year of gas production, which represented about 40% of its total production of hydrocarbons.


The Company celebrated its 40th year of exporting oil, but had little time to rest on its laurels, with the announcement on the discovery of the Budour North East oilfield and the award of contracts for the two enhanced oil recovery projects, at Qarn Alam and Marmul.


New 40-year concession and shareholder agreements were signed.


The Company embarked on a long term strategy to grow oil production on the basis of enhanced oil recovery projects.


The Company became the first exploration and production company in the Middle East to achieve the ISO 14001 environmental management certification for the entirety of its operations.


The Central Processing Plant at Saih Rawl and the gas pipeline from Saih Rawl to the Oman Liquefied Natural Gas plant at Qalhat are commissioned.


The Company launched its Local Community Contractor initiative to support the development of companies within the concession area, thereby promoting economic growth.


The Company took up the responsibility of delivering gas from the Central Oman fields to a liquefied natural gas plant near Sur for a period of 25 years.


Oil production reached 803,000 barrels per day, of which the southern oilfields contributed almost half.


Major gas discoveries were made at Saih Rawl and Barik in Central Oman.


Average daily oil production was increased to 561,000 barrels.


An agreement was signed with the Government to carry out an exploration programme to find new reserves of natural gas.


The Marmul field, which proved to be commercially viable upon reappraisal, was brought on-stream, realising the oil production potential in South Oman.


The Company was registered by Royal Decree as a limited liability company under the name, Petroleum Development Oman, and its nautilus logo was introduced.


On behalf of the Government, the Company constructed a gas pipeline from the Yibal field to the coast, fuelling a power and desalination plant at Al Ghubrah.


Central Oman oilfields were brought on-stream, raising oil production to an average of 341,000 barrels per day.


The Government acquired a 60% stake in the Company.


Oil production reached 281,778 barrels per day.


His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said came to power.


Dhofar was regained as part of the Company's concession.


The first export cargo of Omani oil - 543,800 barrels - was loaded onto a tanker.


A power plant was constructed at Fahud, a pipeline to the coast was laid, and an industrial complex at Saih Al Maleh (later renamed as Mina Al Fahal) was built.


The Natih and Fahud fields were discovered: an oil-producing nation was born.


After drilling several more dry wells, oil was finally struck at Yibal.


Dhofar-Cities Service, which had acquired the Dhofar concession, discovered the Marmul oilfield, but its development was judged to be commercially unviable.


First exploration well was drilled in Fahud.


Dhofar was relinquished from the concession; thereafter, the Company adopted the name, Petroleum Development (Oman).


Sultan Said bin Taimur granted a 75-year concession to the Iraq Petroleum Company, which set up a subsidiary Petroleum Development (Oman and Dhofar) Ltd., to carry out the operations.