Pollution Operations Control Centre in the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs is under HE Undersecretary's office and has a lot of competencies and responsibilities. Some of the Centre's major competencies are:
- The National Contingency for Combating Oil Pollution
- Equipment and devices of oil pollution combating
- Reception facilities and processing ships' waste
- Oil pollution combating trainings
- Review the environmental studies reports and approve the issuance of relevant permits.
- Incidents and reports
- Inspection (field visits)
Services provided by the Center:
First: The National Contingency Plan for Combating Oil Pollution
The National Contingency Plan for Combating Oil Pollution is one of the Center's most important specialties, which is concerned with responding to combat oil spills as they occur within the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Sultanate and classifying oil pollution incidents according to the following levels:
Level (Zero): Spilled oil is few liters.
Level (1): Spilled oil is less than 100 tones.
Level (2): Spilled oil amount is dangerous and ranges from 100 to 500 tons.
Level (3): Spilled oil amount is very dangerous and exceeds 500 tons.
Each level has a specialist to control oil spilling and carry out the area cleaning up.
- Level (Zero)
Oil spill incident causes minor potential effects requiring action.
- Level (1)
Oil spill accident less than 100 tons reported simple and the incident can be controlled by the local equipment.
- Level (2)
Oil spill incident is considered dangerous as the amount of spilled oil ranges from 100 to 500 and can be controlled by the available local equipment in addition to the urgent outside help.
- Level (3)
Oil spill incident is considered dangerous, emergency or national environmental disaster as its size exceeds the capabilities and equipment of the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan for Combating Oil Pollution, and therefore it requests outside assistance for the provision of equipment and trained manpower.
Please press here for more information about the National Contingency for Combating Oil pollution.
Second: Equipment and Devices of Oil Pollution Combating
The National Contingency Plan for Combating Oil Pollution depends on equipment and devices in Wudam Naval Base due to the easy access. A list of the required equipment and devices is prepared and used when needed.
In case of In the case of an emergency it requires the use of local equipment, the center contacts the Air Force, Coast Guard, Royal Navy of Oman, the Ministry of Transport and Communications for the transfer of equipment and devices required within 24 hours. Details of this topic will be mentioned later in accidents service.
Third: Port Reception Facilities
Reception facilities and processing ships' waste are of the facilities that are discharged with various types of waste produced by ships which in turn ensure the disposal of waste according to international and national laws after processed. Reception facilities have not been established yet.
Forth: Oil Pollution Combating Trainings
Pollution Operations Control Centre organizes at the local and regional level. These trainings are organized annually based on the Centre's correspondences to the concerned companies and the relevant government authorities. These trainings aim to increase awareness among companies about how to deal with pollution incidents and how to respond.
Fifth: Review of Environmental Studies Reports (EIA) and Approve the Issuance of the Relevant Licenses
The Centre reviews the Environmental Studies Reports, related to the establishment of new projects, which are delivered by the companies, ministries, factories and other bodies. The Center also addresses the concerned bodies to provide details to combat pollution in case of non-availability in the study, as well as controlling the issuance of chemical dispersants and companies provided with the service.
The Centre asks commitments from companies depending on the nature of the project in addition to the no-objection letters for liquid wastes draining licenses in accordance with the environmental laws supported by the requirements of the Center
If a pollution incident occurs anywhere in the Sultanate of Oman, Pollution Operations Control Centre in the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs must be notified.
In the case of reporting any incident, pollution incidents in the Omani environment reporting form must be filled up (link) and faxed to the Center. In some cases, contact the Center's hotline.
Seventh: Field Inspection
Field visits are part of the work of Pollution Operations Control Centre. The regular field visits carried out by the Center are to monitor the commitment of companies and port to pollution safety conditions.