Norway’s DNO International has more than tripled oil production from its offshore block 8 assets in Oman after completing a two-well drilling programme at the West Bukha field.

The company’s crude and condensate production has hit a record 20,000 barrels a day (b/d), while gas output nearly doubled to 60 million cubic feet a day.

The wells have reached the limits of DNO’s onshore processing facilities. DNO will now move the rig to drill on the nearby Bukha gas-condensate field.

Block 8, off the sultanate’s northern Musandam Peninsula, contains Oman’s only producing offshore fields. DNO holds a 50 per cent interest in the block’s West Bukha and Bukha fields, with South Korea’s LG International owning the other half.

DNO acquired the concession through a merger with RAK Petroleum earlier this year, which also includes two offshore blocks in the neighbouring UAE emirate of Ras al-Khaimah.