In 1999, Petroleum Development Oman LLC (PDO) obtained ISO 14001 certification for all its production and service operations. PDO was the first major E&P oil company in the Middle East to achieve the ISO 14001 certification. The certification process helped PDO to develop a culture of environmental awareness at all level, which has started providing positive returns in environmental performance. In addition, the certification re-inforced PDOs already high reputation in the country as a environmentally responsible operator. After the certification, PDO was seen as a pioneer both at local and regional scale, with peer companies consulting PDO on achieving higher standards in environmental management.

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