Oman’s imports and output of natural gas rose by 5.5 per cent to 12,402 million cubic metres (MNCM) in the first four months of this year, from 11,750MNCM for the same period last year.
Figures released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information reveal that the sultanate’s production of non-associated gas surged by 7.6 per cent to 10,216MNCM, while associated gas output dropped by 3.1 per cent to 2,185MNCM.
The data published by Times of Oman also shows that mega industrial projects consumed 7,267MNCM during the January-April period.
Furthermore, the country’s oil fields, which use natural gas as either fuel or for re-injection, consumed 2,613MNCM in the four-month period.
Power producers, small-scale industries and liquefied natural gas plants are considered to be the other top consumers of natural gas.
The Oman Power and Water Procurement Company projects that the use of natural gas for the generation of electricity and for water desalination will increase substantially in the next five years.
Oman’s output of natural gas is forecast to rise by 15MNCM per day to 120MNCM per day.
In 2014, the Gulf nation produced and imported a total of 37,687MNCM of natural gas, according to government statistics.