Daily Archives: July 29, 2012

President, VP greet King of Morocco on Accession Anniversary

Abu Dhabi: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a congratulatory cable to King Mohammed VI of Morocco, on the accession anniversary.

Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and H.H. Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces have also dispatched similar cables to King Mohammed VI.

GCAA ‘&’ GAL sign MoU on training national candidates

Abu Dhabi: UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and Global Aerospace Logistics (GAL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for training national candidates working in the local Civil Aviation industry.

The MoU was signed by Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of GCAA, and Dr. Hassan Youssef Mohammed Al Awadi, CEO of Global Aerospace Logistics at the Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Center in Abu Dhabi.

Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi on the occasion said: “The signing of this MoU reflects the determination of the GCAA and GAL to support the training of local candidates specialized in the field of civil aviation in order to keep up with rapidly advancing civil aviation industry.” He added: “GCAA and GAL will provide technical training for specialized programs held inside and outside the country for qualified Emirati applicants”.

This MoU will lead to the creation of new internships dedicated for both male and female Emirati’s to encourage aspiring aviators to follow their career aspirations.

The MoU, amongst other things, will see support being provided by the GCAA in the form of a formal selection process and approval of a unique training program designed to enhance the levels knowledge and skills acquired by the selected candidates.

Additionally, Global Aerospace Logistics will offer six international training programs held outside UAE for selected candidates. The Program is planned to officially be started this year 2012 until 2015.

Performance exceeds KPIs: ADMA-OPCO says

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO) announced that 2011 was a defining year for its performance exceeded the set Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and in the same time continued to invest for the future with an uncompromising focus on delivering value and increasing the momentum in business.

”Our growth agenda saw significant strides in terms of project expansions, technology transfer and people empowerment. Having implemented many initiatives, we managed to maintain our solid growth and deliver strong results, despite the enormous challenges facing the oil and gas industry, ”Ali Rashid Al-Jarwan, Chief Executive Officer, said in the forward of the 2011 Review.

”We introduced a set of radical changes in the strategy, structure and process of the entire system of the organisation which helped us in fulfilling our Shareholders’ expectations and meeting the targets of our project expansion scheme. A structural reshuffle was made to cater for our organisational growth where new divisions were established and several others merged or restructured.

”I’m pleased to say that we have successfully met the challenges in carrying out our activities according to our shareholders guidelines. We managed to achieve our KPIs in such areas as production, drilling, technology, applying international best practices, Nationalisation and people development while maintaining our high Health, Safety ‘&’ Environment (HSE) performance. The organization maintained all unwanted incidents/events under control as per the set KPI’s and actually exceeded the stretch targets in most cases,” he added.

”Our endeavors to achieve excellence in all aspects of our business have borne fruit.

In 2011, ADMA-OPCO was announced winner of the prestigious Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award. Our HSE performance also continued to win awards for the company, including five awards in ADNOC HSE Competition.

In terms of operations, he said new field development programmes started to take shape, with promising indicators for progress and sustainable growth.

The company marked its 50th Anniversary of the first shipment of crude oil produced from Umm Shaif Field and exported via Das Island on 4th of July 1962.

As part of ADMA-OPCO’s Lower Zakum +100 MBD programme aimed at enhancing the oil production capacity from Zakum Field, a shutdown management framework was established.

New Fields Division (NFD) focused during the year on providing operations readiness assurance of the new field projects, i.e. SARB, UMM LULU and NASR. These are mega expansions for ADMA-OPCO comprising 2 offshore complexes (similar to ZK ‘&’ US), 17 Wellhead Towers, 2 artificial islands, extensive processing and infrastructure facilities on ZIRKU Island with associated transmission lines and trunk lines.

The Drilling Division drilled and completed 22 wells as per the chart below, introducing latest technologies as part of its vision to keep abreast with the fast paced field development expansion plans in the company.

No LTI (Lost Time Incident) was recorded for 3.7 million man hours (2 Year) of operations.

Several HSE rig inspections, workshops and campaigns were carried out during the year to attain this remarkable HSE performance.

Etihad Rail Tenders First Contracts for Stage Two of the UAE’s Rail Network

Abu Dhabi: Etihad Rail – the master developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway network – issued invitations to tender earlier this month for the first three contracts in the development of Stage Two of the rail network. The three invitations to tender, which were issued to all pre-qualified companies, are for contracts covering the design and build of new lines between Ruwais and Ghweifat (137km), Liwa Junction and Al Ain (190km), as well as for the railway integration and systems contract (covering signalling, communications and commissioning) for the Stage Two network.

The invitation to tender comes on the back of the workshop hosted by Etihad Rail which took place this past June, and at which applicants to the pre-qualification process were advised on the imminent issuance of the three packages, followed by the issuance of the remaining Stage Two tenders over the next few months.

Stage Two represents a significant component of the national rail network, in both scale and scope, as it will further connect industrial and urban areas, and will see the railway connect with the planned GCC network – linking with Saudi Arabia at Ghweifat and Oman at Al Ain. Construction of Stage Two is scheduled to begin early next year, following the award of tendered contracts.

The tendering of the first contracts for Stage Two follows the commencement earlier this year of construction works near Mirfa in the Western Region for Stage One of the network. Stage One of the network is being developed in partnership with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), who will adopt rail as the main means for transporting granulated sulphur from Shah and Habshan to the port of Ruwais for export.

Ruler of Fujairah greets King of Morocco on Accession Anniversary

Fujairah: H. H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council member and ruler of Fujairah has sent a congratulatory cable to His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco on his Accession to Monarchy Anniversary.

H. H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, crown prince of Fujairah has also dispatched a similar cable to the King of Morocco.

Sharjah Media Centre Hosts First Majlis Session

Sharjah: Sharjah Media Centre has held its inaugural Majlis at the Culture Palace Sharjah, reviewing the interactions of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, on Direct Line, a live radio show broadcast simultaneously on Sharjah TV.

Titled as A Review of His Highness Ruler of Sharjah’s Interventions on the Direct Line Show’, the Majlis was held under the patronage of Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qassimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Corporation. Attended by senior clerics and intellectuals, as well as local and international media professionals, the discussions were followed by a questions round for the media.

The Majlis highlighted the social impact of the interventions on the people of Sharjah and featured speeches by Ahmed Salem Bosamnoh, Board Member, Sharjah Media Corporation; Jamal Al Bah, Chairman, Arab Family Organization; Mohammed Khalaf, Director, Sharjah Radio, Dr. Jasim Khalfan, a National Activist, and His Excellency Osama Samra, Director of Sharjah Media Centre.

Bosamnoh said: “His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah’s interactions on Direct TV serve as the ideal platform for connecting with the UAE’s communities. They convey His Highness’ genuine concern towards his people. He has also set a great example to senior government officials on how they can optimize the use of media.” Bosamnoh pointed out that His Highness has used the show to initiate positive changes in the community and build strong relations with the people of Sharjah. In particular, he praised His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah for involving the community in the process of rebuilding schools, instead of passing his orders on to the Education Council and allocating budgets.

“The interventions of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi have attracted a large audience who is keen to hear his thoughts. In addition to listening to people’s grievances and solving their problems, His Highness has raised the standards of the radio show transforming it into a formidable vehicle for people to voice their concerns. The programmes function as a testimony to his command on the art of dialogue,” added Bosamnoh.

Jamal Al Bah thanked Sharjah Media Centre for organising a session that focussed on the media and the people of Sharjah. He added that the interventions have removed barriers between the government and the residents.

Dr. Khalfan praised His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi for highlighting personal experiences that helped shape his character.

He said: “The interventions of His Highness are neither restricted to specific topics nor to Sharjah radio stations. His speech on the development of sport in the UAE during an interaction with Dubai Sports Channel and his intervention with DREAM Channel announcing the generous donation of valuable manuscripts to replace the ones that were burned at the Egyptian Scientific Congregation are just a few examples of the Ruler’s dedication towards preserving historical and cultural treasures.” Dr. Khalfan added that the interventions remove the barriers between officials and citizens and address issues relating to accountability, liability and upholding the rights of people.

Osama Samra touched on the interventions’ key role in building communication channels between mass media and senior officials in Sharjah.

He said: “Before the Sharjah Media Centre was set up, it was difficult to obtain information. However, His Highness has been instrumental in opening up channels of communication and highlighting the cultural, civilizational and scientific treasures of Sharjah. Orders of the Ruler of Sharjah are immediately communicated to officials for implementation and these interventions have continually offered support to the residents of the Emirates.” Mohammed Khalaf said the interventions not only offered solutions to myriad problems but also lifted the morale of the people of Sharjah.

He stated that “His Highness always thanks callers for voicing their concerns and drawing his attention to instances of negligence. He makes it a point never to interrupt callers and gives them the opportunity to speak their mind. His Highness continually demonstrates his interest in current situations, which is indicative of his intelligence and awareness of international events. Furthermore, he has always been keen to reach out to young people and offer them advice on how to improve their lives.

Du supports World Energy Forum 2012

Dubai: du has announced its partnership with the World Energy Forum (WEF), which will be hosted by Dubai’s Supreme Council of Energy (SCE) from 22 – 24 October, 2012. This will be the first time that the WEF will be held outside of the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Emphasising its strong desire to become a green economy, the UAE was the first country in the region to adopt a long-term national initiative to achieve its goals. This initiative was launched in January 2012 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, under the slogan A green economy for sustainable development’.

In keeping with this, the move to partner with WEF comes as part of du’s desire to support the UAE leadership’s vision of building a green economy. In its role as a telecommunications provider, du recognises the need to develop innovative and viable sustainable practices and to conserve energy, and encourages efforts to further explore the possibilities that will carry the nation, and the world, forward into a greener future.

As a responsible company with green practices as a core pillar of its business strategy, du employs several sustainable practices. The telecom endeavours to explore and implement innovative alternative energy solutions that can be integrated into its business strategy and operations, to maximise business operations, reduce cost and, most importantly, contribute to a healthier, cleaner environment for customers and future generations.

An example of these the usage of hybrid energy in its network base stations, which has so far reduced diesel fuel consumption by 270,000 litres (as of June 2012), in turn leading to 675 tonnes less CO2 emissions.

Demonstrating its commitment to the environment and the UAE, du was the first telecommunications company in the region to launch a Sustainable Development Report in October 2011, which provides full transparency on the extent of du’s efforts towards sustainable development ‘&’ to become more environmentally responsible.

“It is a great honour and a pleasure to reaffirm our commitment to the UAE, and to sustainable practices, by partnering with the World Energy Forum. We would like to congratulate the UAE leadership for their vision for a brighter future, which has brought such an internationally significant event to Dubai, once more affirming the country’s position as a forward-thinking, progressive nation,” said Ahmed Bin Byat, Chairman, du. “On behalf of my colleagues, I would like to wish every success to the initiative, which will be pivotal in securing the UAE as an environmentally conscious leader.” He added, “Hosting WEF will benefit the UAE in myriad ways. In addition to introducing new thinking and green technologies to the country, it will have a positive impact on the economy and community at large.