Oman plans to lift its natural gas production to approximately 120 million cubic metres a day (cm/d) until 2018, up more than 17 per cent from current levels.

Gas production averaged 102 million cm/d in 2013, says Salim al-Aufi, the sultanate’s undersecretary for oil and gas, according to local press reports.

Al-Aufi also expects to see a modest increase in Oman’s crude oil and condensates production to an average of 950,000-960,000 barrels a day (b/d), compared with 942,000 b/d in 2013.

Oman is entering the construction phase of its largest ever gas project at the Khazzan tight gas field in the centre of the country, which will boost the sultanate’s output by a third. Project operator, the UK’s BP, recently awarded the first major engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) package for $1.2bn.