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Oman is targeting first gas from the onshore Abu Tabul gas field in Block 60 by the end of September, in what will be the country’s first production from a tight gas development.
Abu Tabul is among several fields that Oman is looking to bring onstream in the coming six to 12 months, in an effort to boost much needed short-term supplies, ahead of the planned 2017 start-up of the 1bn cfd Khazzan tight gas project in Block 61 (MEES, 20 December 2013).
Despite overseeing a significant hike in gas output over the past 10 years, Oman is facing an ever increasing gas feedstock shortage, in the face of rampant domestic demand growth. Total gas burned in the country’s power plants is expected to increase from 7.4 bcm (720mn cfd) in 2013 to 11.1 bcm (1.07bn cfd) in 2020, latest forecasts from Oman’s state Power and Water Procurement company OPWP show (MEES, 11 April).
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