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    BP Brings Omani Field on Stream


Block 61 is expected to meet around 35% of Oman's gas demand.

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BP Brings Omani Field on Stream

BP and its partners have launched production at the Ghazeer gas field at Oman's block 61 four months ahead of schedule, the UK major said on October 12.

The Khazzan field at block 61 was brought on stream in September 2017 and flows 1bn ft3/day of gas. Output at the block will reach 1.5bn ft3/d of gas and over 65,000 barrels/d of condensate once Ghazeer reaches full capacity. This is enough gas to meet around 35% of Oman's demand.

"This project has been delivered with capital discipline four months early, wells are being drilled in record times and, importantly, safety performance has been excellent," BP CEO Bernard Looney said. "It exemplifies what a strong and resilient hydrocarbons business looks like – a core part of our strategy."

BP has a 60% interest in block 61, situated in central Oman's Ad Dhahirah governorate. Omani national oil company OQ has 30% while Malaysia's Petronas has 10%. Bloomberg reported in June that BP was seeking the sale of a 10% stake in the project as part of its divestment programme.

The UK major signed a production-sharing agreement with Italy's Eni in July last year to explore block 77, also in central Oman.