Oman crude output drops 2.1 per cent in April

13 May 2013

Exports marginally up as China represents almost half of total figure

Oman’s oil and condensate production dropped by 2.1 per cent in April compared with the previous month, averaging 898.8 million barrels a day (b/d), according to the Ministry of Oil & Gas.

The sultanate’s total exports of crude rose 0.1 per cent to an average of 832.3 million b/d. The majority of oil was shipped to Asian countries, with China representing 48 per cent of Oman’s exports in April.

In March, the Ministry of Oil & Gas predicted a 2.2 per cent increase in production in 2013, after producing an average of 918.5 million b/d in 2012.

Crude production capacity was expanded last year with the commissioning of gas injections at the Harweel field in December, according to the ministry’s undersecretary, Nasser bin Khamis al-Jashmi.

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