STOMO (SUEZ-Tractebel Operation and Maintenance Oman L.L.C) an affiliate company of ENGIE (formerly GDF SUEZ), a long-term investor in Oman's power sector, recently announced the appointment of Abdullah Mohammed Salim Al Rawahi as Site Manager for STOMO's Barka II Power and Desalination Plant in Oman.
Abdullah is the first Omani Site Manager for STOMO and was promoted from Operations Manager of Barka II. He graduated in B.Sc Mechanical Engineering from Sultan Qaboos University, and then earned a Masters in Industrial Engineering. He started his career in 1994 as a Shift Charge Engineer at Rusail Power Plant, where he was promoted to Operations Manager and Deputy Plant Manager in 2001. In October 2007, he moved to Barka II Power and Desalination Plant with a promotion to Operations Manager and now to Site Manager.
Commenting on his new role at Barka II Abdullah said, "I am excited to undertake the Site Manager role. STOMO has gained a well-earned reputation in Oman as a leading Operations and Maintenance provider in the Power and Desalinated Water sector and I feel privileged to become part of its Senior Management. STOMO has given me great opportunities to develop my skills, knowledge and experience and now demonstrates that they have faith in my abilities by entrusting me with a role that has the responsibility for delivering a significant proportion of Electricity and Desalinated Water for the Country. This underlines STOMO's strong desire and commitment to recruit, train and develop local peopleand I thank STOMO and my General Manager Mike Maudsley for this opportunity and the constant support."
With a long term presence in the Sultanate, STOMO and ENGIE (formerly GDF SUEZ ) have developed a strong relationship with Oman as an investor, a partner and a Corporate Citizen. Mike Maudsley, General Manager for STOMO, stresses on the Sultanate's highest priorities to provide sustainable employment for citizens and the gradual aim to reduce dependence on expatriates.
Mike says, "We are proud to have promoted Abdullah to this senior role. STOMO is committed to employing talented, qualified and experienced Omani citizens throughout every level of the organisation. Abdullah's appointment is an example of the opportunities that the power and water sector can offer to ambitious and dedicated people and I am sure that it will encourage fresh talent to excel in this field. It is also my personal desire for STOMO to be recognised employer of choice".
Abdullah adds: "As the power sector grows, we need more creative and talented Omani technicians and engineers and I encourage Omani's to explore this sector and emerge successful in their endeavours. STOMO has and extremely high reputation for training and development programs to enhance their staff's capabilities and technical engineering competence."
Johan Van Kerrebroeck, Executive Vice President for Asset Management in Oman at ENGIE concludes: "We are seeing an impressive growth in the technical engineering calibre of Omani employees and we are looking forward to promoting more staff members as their competence and experience grows. Along with STOMO and ENGIE's collaborative efforts, I wish to encourage Omanis to venture into the power sector as a career path."