Norwegian oil and gas group DNO International has restarted production at the West Bukha offshore field off Oman’s northern Musandam peninsula, after a five-month shutdown to repair a pipeline blockage.

The field is now producing 10,000 barrels a day (b/d) of crude and 25 million cubic feet a day (cf/d) of natural gas after the repairs, which included replacing a 4.3-kilometre section of the pipeline connecting West Bukha to gathering and export facilities.

DNO International is preparing to bring a third well on stream on the West Bukha field in the next three months and is drilling on a fourth well. It also produces 400 b/d of oil and 10 million cf/d of gas at the Bukha field, which was unaffected by the shutdown.

The company now produces almost 100,000 b/d of oil equivalent in seven fields in Oman, Yemen and the Tawke field in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.