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Subsidiary companies MB Holding continued to support social and sustainable development projects in the areas of its operations including the employment of Omanis and nationals of the country in which they operate. The group continued to work closely within the oil and gas industry in developing the local community where they operate. A substantial amount of expenditure continues to be made by MB Petroleum services and Petrogas in this area. The Mawarid Mining Environment Protection and Conservation Management initiated in the design and construction of tailings and water management was introduced in 2007. In addition, a Community Management Plan was also developed, which ensured that all stakeholders and the community which may be negatively affected by the impact of mining activities were identified and mitigation plans developed to address key issues. In general, the amount of funds earmarked for projects varied in each subsidiary company of the group.

This was divided in terms of specific planned projects such as construction of a mosque and facilities for inhabitants, a “Majlis” and shops which when rented support the running and maintenance costs of such facilities to enable sustainability. Some of the funds utilized included contribution to specific local requests for donation in terms of material or money or work. These ranged from Zakat contribution to help poor and needy people to offer scholarships to students at Buraimi College. Similarly, funds were embarked for training ladies in computers, tailoring and beautician as well as for purchasing lap tops for excellent students, providing food boxes during Ramadhan and in sponsorship of seminars in the history of Shinas. An exception in 2007 was the contribution to Cyclone Guno cleanup exercise where volunteer relief teams of staff from the group’s subsidiary companies were formed to manage the after effects of Cyclone Guno in June 2007. Substantial contribution was made in alleviating the damages caused by that cyclone through provision of water to the community, giving staff leave of absence to assist their families affected, provision of pump and tankers to remove stagnant water and in a major exercise in cleaning up of Azaiba beach jointly with the municipality.

 

MB Petroleum Services continues focus on training of Omani students
conducts 3 day training at SQU exhibition

  • MB Petroleum Services (MBPS) conducted a 3 day training session on Wireline services at the Sultan Qaboos University engineering exhibition recently. The MBPS Wireline services team participated in the exhibition held at the College of Engineering campus, using the MBPS mobile Wireline training facility.

  • This training session was open to all students for three days and was a huge success. The eagerness and enthusiasm to take advantage of such an opportunity was evident in the fact that the training center was full of students for the theory sessions early on. These sessions helped give them an insight into well completion and also provided a flavor of the wireline intervention processes. 

  • The students also had hands-on involvement with some of the common mechanical tools used in ‘downhole’ wireline application. On the work deck of the school the attendees were also able to take part and witness some simulations of the tools performing the same functions as they would deep in the well.

  • More than a 100 students passed through this theoretical and practical training and their feedback was extremely positive. They relished the opportunity and clearly voiced how the experience had helped them, expressing how pleased they were in having a company with the reputation of MBPS; take the time and effort to involve these budding engineers at SQU.

 

 Social & Sustainable Development Projects

  • Thirty-four social and sustainable community development projects have been successfully implemented to the local communities associated with the mining activities within the Al-Batina region

  • All projects aim to improve the quality of life of the local communities by addressing the needs of the community and providing opportunities for growth and prosperity

  • Projects are based on sound socio-economic data and social assessment of the local community

Examples of CSR initiatives include

  • Providing employment to individuals within the local communities

  • Mawarid Mining currently employs over 450 employees where 77% of them were Omanis

Sponsorship of local events and seminars promoting Omani culture and history, such as

  • ‘Shinas through history’ seminar

  • Eid local celebrations events

  • Liwa cultural forum

Promoting education within the local communities

  • Providing training courses to individuals within the local communities

  • Offering scholarships to students at Buraimi College

  • Awarding top 10 secondary school students within the Shinas region with valuable gifts such as laptops

Sustainable projects within local communities include

  • Lighting the streets of a local community

  • Supporting youth football teams

  • Building livestock and poultry yards

Women CSR initiatives include

  • Training women of a local community in computers, tailoring, reading the Quran and beautician

Providing charity and donations to local communities, such as

  • Distribution of food during Ramadhan

  • Donations to specific local requests and projects

  • Zakat contribution and charity to help poor and needy people

Construction of a mosque and Majlis at Arja and shops as ‘Waqf’ at Arja which when rented support the running and maintenance costs of such facilities to enable sustainability
 

 Mawarid Mining Environmental Responsibility

 
  • Detailed action plans are carried out to ensure that all mining projects adhere to environment laws and are environmentally acceptable to all stakeholders

  • Promoting environmental awareness by sponsoring environmental awareness events within the local communities
     

Environment Day Activities 1st June 2008

  • Mawarid Mining sponsored the Environment day Exhibition in Sohar on 1st June 2008

  • Two schools , Sohar International School and Al-Batinah International School had participated

  • Various activities such as story telling, planting, contests, workshops and drawing of children were presented by Mawarid Mining

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