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MENAFN - The Peninsula - 04/03/2014
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(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Oman expects a significant increase in its natural gas output over the next five years but little improvement in oil production, its undersecretary for oil and gas said yesterday



Oman aims to raise gas output to an average of 120 million cubic metres per day (mcm/d) over the five-year period from 2014 through 2018, Salim Al Aufi said, a gain of 17.65 percent over 2013



In 2013, gas production rose to an average of 102 mcm/d, up 3.7 percent from the previous year



Oman's modest gas exports have been constrained over the last few years as it has struggled to raise production quickly enough to keep pace with its own demand growth



Muscat hopes the planned start-up of BP's Khazzan tight gas project in 2017 will provide a big boost to supplies, with Khazzan alone expected to add about 28 mcm/d to gas output by 2018



Crude oil and condensate production is expected to average 950,000-960,000bpd over the five-year period, Aufi said, an increase of less than two percent over last year's average level



The non-Opec oil producer averaged 942,000bpd in 2013, up 2.5 percent from 2012



Faced with a potential domestic gas supply crisis, Muscat has been trying for year to import gas from neighbouring Iran, the world's largest gas reserves holder.



Those efforts have proved unsuccessful, largely because of tight Western sanctions over Iran's nuclear programme, and there are rising doubts on whether Iran too can



pump enough to meet its own

 






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