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PDO to fund social investment projects worth RO 884, 000

MUSCAT: Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) signed yesterday five agreements worth RO 884,000 for funding social investment projects. The agreement signing ceremony held at Oil and Gas Exhibition was under the sponsorship of Salim bin Naser al Oufi, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Oil and Gas who said that PDO seeks to build communication bridges between the concession areas and the local communities there. The first agreement is related to expansion of Thamrait Health Centre, which was financed by the company. The centre will be promoted to a 14-bed hospital by introducing two wards for males and females.

It will also include additional offices and clinics at the existing ER and delivery wards. The hospital, which will be provided with necessary medical equipment, will serve the needs of Thamrait residents, as well as Muscat-Salalah road users. The second agreement is related to the purchase of four morgues and corpse transport vehicles for Shaleem Health Centre, which was constructed by the company and provided with many medical equipment. The third agreement is related to financing a public auditorium (Majlis) at A’ Rumais area in the Wilayat of Izki to serve the needs of the locals during the different social and national occasions.

The fourth agreement is related to maintenance of Oman Cancer Association’s (OCA) vehicle dedicated as a mobile centre for breast cancer diagnosis. The vehicle provided its free of charge services to more than 11,000 women in the different parts of the Sultanate throughout the past two years. The fifth agreement is related to financing a library as part of Quran Sciences Teaching Centre in the Niyabat of Samad A’Shaan in the Wilayat of Al Mudhaibi. The library will be used to teach students Quran recitation, Islamic values and sciences, Arabic language and calligraphy. The library will include a corner about PDO’s activities, history and publication. The centre, which was opened in 2010, receives students from the different parts of the Sultanate and provides housing and accommodation services for students from outside Al Mudhaibi.

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