MUSCAT: In yet another initiative towards demonstrating their commitment to the community and environment in Oman, Suez – Tractebel Operation and Maintenance Oman (STOMO) recently organised a beach clean-up in Majis, located near Sohar Industrial Estate, just a kilometre from the site of the Sohar I & Sohar II Power and Desalination Plant.

Mike Mosley, site manager of the Sohar I & Sohar II Power and Desalination plants said, “The sultanate boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the region, and we feel it a responsibility to help the community during clean-up.

“As a socially conscious organisation, STOMO has constantly been involved in initiatives that benefit the environment as well as bringing together its employees and member of the community towards a common goal.”

Participants in the half-day clean up were STOMO staff, members of SPC as well as ABPC, Majis Municipality personnel and public officials, and Majis middle school students – totalling to around 150 people.

Through the morning, in a joined effort, the volunteers picked up litter from the beach on the Al Batinah coast, in order to make the area cleaner for everyone to enjoy. Much rubbish and trash was collected over the course of three hours, with the majority of the litter being comprised of discarded food containers and drink cans, broken glass pieces and fishing equipment.

With a coastline of over 3,000km, Oman offers some of the most stunning beaches in the region. However, with an increasing number of visitors to the area, these coastal regions have become collecting spots for litter and debris which can be harmful and even fatal to all manners of marine wildlife. This initiative from STOMO not just highlights the need for action, but also engages its employees in protecting the ecosystem.

Saud al Waili, operations manager from STOMO said, “It was exceedingly satisfying to be able to contribute to make our neighbourhood’s Majis beach spick and span. We were very encouraged by the large number of staff and their families who volunteered for this activity and spent half a day.”

SOURCE: Muscat Daily