Until 2017 the outlook for Oman’s gas sector was woeful. Back in 2016 officials went as far as projecting medium-term gas shortages (MEES, 22 July 2016). But, gas in the sultanate has since experienced a renaissance, and Shell and TotalEnergies are driving the next phase.

The new era dawned in September 2017 when BP announced the startup of the huge Khazzan tight gas field on Block 61 (BP 40%op, OOC 30%, PTTEP 20%, Petronas 10%). This first phase brought online 1bn cfd of gas production and 25,000 b/d of condensate (MEES, 29 September 2017). This was later upped to 1.5bn cfd before the Ghazeer second phase added another 0.5cfd in 2020 to reach 2bn cfd (MEES, 7 July 2023). (CONTINUED - 1414 WORDS)