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KUWAIT CITY, June 26: Employees of the security and firefighting unit of the Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) have been exempted from the English test condition for promotion, Al-Rai daily reports. This came after the company’s union pointed out that knowledge of the English language was a prerequisite for the recruitment of the aforementioned employees, in addition to the training courses they must undergo throughout the period of service.
A member of the union, Jadaan Abdullah Al-Mutairi, revealed to the daily that “more than 1,200 workers in the unit will benefit from the decision to cancel the English test condition for promotion”. He pointed out that this is a remarkable achievement by any measure, given that KOC has given its subsidiaries the freedom to implement whatever they deem appropriate in terms of promotions depending on the nature of the activity of each subsidiary. He affirmed the special nature of the functions of the Security and Firefighting Unit as it is the first line of defence, security and prevention against theft and tampering whether inside or outside outside the fields.
He said the unit depends on the most important qualifications and capabilities of its personnel to overcome great challenges in terms of the company’s vast geographical area of operations, oil fields and properties. He commended the directive of the Managing Director of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), Sheikh Nawaf Al-Saud Al-Sabah, to provide an appropriate working environment for the employees; understanding of KOC management who played a major role in overriding the English language requirement for the promotion; and the role of KOC Acting CEO Khaled Nayef Al-Otaibi and Deputy Managing Director Abdulwahab Al-Mathn.
Meanwhile, KOC will soon sign a contract worth KD 8.99 million for the provision of oil and gas technical consultancy with Petrotel, which submitted the lowest bid, Al-Anba daily reports. citing oil industry sources. Sources revealed that the company had conducted three rounds of negotiations with five international companies. Sources said Target Oil Services Company submitted an offer of KD 9.3 million after the third round of negotiations, adding that the company’s initial offer was KD 12.7 million. Sources went on to say that Halliburton lowered its offer from KD17.2 million to KD10.1 million, Robertson Company from KD22.1 million to KD9.8 million, while BEICIP-FRANLAB offered 9.9 million KD.