Bahrain is to dig deeper wells in order to increase the kingdom’s gas production.

Energy Minister Abdulhussain bin Ali Mirza told Kuwait News Agency (Kuna) that US-based Occidental Petroleum Corporation has signed a seven-year agreement for gas exploration and will start drilling operations shortly.

The minister said Bahrain produces about 1.3 billion cubic feet-a-day (cf/d) on average, but hopes to reach 2.7 billion cf/d in the peak summer months by 2024.

Another solution for Manama is to import gas from big producers, including Qatar, Iran, Russia or Turkmenistan.