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KUWAIT CITY, June 26: Employees at the Security and Firefighting Unit in Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) have been exempted from the English language test condition for promotion, reports Al-Rai daily. This came after the Labor Union at the company pointed out that knowledge of the English language was a prerequisite in the recruitment of the above mentioned employees, in addition to the training courses they need to complete throughout the service period.
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 this is a remarkable achievement by all standards, considering that KOC gave its subsidiaries the freedom to implement what they deem appropriate in terms of promotions based on the nature of the business of each subsidiary. He affirmed the special nature of the functions of the Security and Firefighting Unit as it is the first line of defense, security and precaution against theft and tampering whether inside or outside the fields.
He said the unit depends on the most important qualifications and capabilities of its staff to overcome big challenges in terms of the vast geographical area of operations, oil fields and properties of the company. He praised the directive of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) Chief Executive Officer Sheikh Nawaf Al-Saud Al-Sabah to provide an appropriate work environment for the employees; understanding of the KOC management which played a major role in canceling the English language condition for promotion; and the role of acting CEO of KOC Khaled Nayef Al-Otaibi and Deputy Chief Executive Officer Abdulwahab Al- Mathn.
Meanwhile, the KOC will soon sign a contract valued at KD 8.99 million for the provision of technical advice in the oil and gas field with Petrotel, which submitted the lowest bid, reports Al-Anba daily quoting sources from the oil sector. Sources revealed the company 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 bid from KD 17.2 million to KD 10.1 million, Robertson Company from KD 22.1 million to KD 9.8 million dinars, while BEICIP-FRANLAB offered KD 9.9 million.