The oil and gas sector in Bahrain needs to exert more effort and to develop more projects, according to the Bahraini King, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Zawya reported citing Gulf Daily News.

The Bahraini king has urged the increase in oil and gas production in Bahrain to bolster the Kingdom’s role as an economic hub and boost the industrial sector.

Al Khalifa’s remarks came during his meeting with the Bahraini Oil Minister, Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, accompanied by Tatweer Petroleum CEO, James Eastlack, and General Manager – Exploration and Development, Yahya Al Ansari.

“Bahrain is determined to continue the development programs in all sectors to serve the nation and meet citizens’ aspirations to decent living conditions,” the King said.

During the meeting, the oil minister updated the King on the exploration and production (E&P) activities, as well as the latest developments in drilling a number of experimental wells to extract oil in commercial quantities.

Moreover, the King discussed with the officials plans to improve exploration and development in Bahrain. Furthermore, King Al Khalifa pointed out the vital role of the Natural Resources and Economic Security Committee, chaired by Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

Additionally, the Bahraini King praised the efforts of the oil and gas workers, as well as the achievements made by the Oil Minister and Tatweer Petroleum to draw up strategic plans to develop the sector.