Maersk Oil Qatar (MOQ) has been recognised for supporting the nation’s Qatarization efforts, as the winner of the crystal award for ‘Overall best support to Qatarization’ at the annual Qatarization Review Meeting of the Energy and Industry Sector’s Strategic Qatarization Plan.

The high-profile event was attended by senior industry officials including HE Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry and Engineer Saad Sherida Al Kaabi, President and CEO of Qatar Petroleum.

MOQ’s Managing Director, Lewis Affleck, said:

We are extremely proud to receive this award for our significant Qatarization efforts. Together with Qatar Petroleum, Maersk Oil operates the Al Shaheen field, Qatar’s largest and one of the world’s most technically complex offshore oilfield developments, which currently produces around 40% of Qatar’s oil. The field will be producing oil for many decades to come and Qatari nationals will continue to play a central role in managing this important national asset. This award is testament to our continued focus on developing our Qatari workforce and the specialists and leaders of the future.’

Maersk Oil has made firm progress towards its Qatarization goals following the introduction of a new Qatarization Strategy in 2014, aimed at increasing the number and calibre of Qatari employees. The strategy focuses not only on hiring nationals, but critically on developing leadership capacity via mentoring and bespoke training courses and through provision of further educational opportunities. The company is also committed to delivering high quality social projects that are aligned with the Qatar National Vision 2030 and which support the State’s sustainable development. These include its social investment programme, ‘Action on Education’ which supports local education, skills and capacity creation, particularly focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines and leadership development to help enable diversification and a knowledge-based economy.

Head of Qatarization at Maersk Oil Qatar, Sheikh Jassim Al Thani, said:

This award will surely inspire us to continue to develop the appropriate programmes and approaches to support our Qatari colleagues’ career development. Having operated in Qatar for over two decades, Maersk Oil has developed unrivalled knowledge, experience and expertise in the Al Shaheen field, such that those who work for our organisation, are specialists in Al Shaheen. Maersk Oil is a strong partner of the State of Qatar in its execution of the country’s Strategic Qatarization Plan. This commitment includes the provision of extensive opportunities for our own employees to develop their skills and experience, in addition to attracting the right Qataris to come and work at Maersk Oil Qatar. We continue our firm commitment to Qatarization in accordance with the Energy and Industry Sector’s Strategic Qatarization Plan.’

A key element of MOQ’s Qatarization strategy is their ‘Find Your Place’ recruitment campaign, which features real employees sharing their experiences of working at Maersk Oil, to help attract more Qatari talent and to encourage more interest in offshore roles in particular. Students and job-seeking professionals can learn more about the opportunities available and the company’s activities via the dedicated website.