Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) will start production from its Rabab Harweel Integrated Project (RHIP) in late 2019, a senior company official said on November 4, according to Muscat Daily.

The gas project is the company’s largest and is being developed with an investment of around $5 billion.

Oman is looking to add to its current gas production levels of around 100 million cubic meters per day, which is not enough to meet national requirements, meaning the sultanate has to import gas from Qatar to meet the growing demand.

The PDO and the Ministry of Oil and Gas has promised to achieve early results of increased natural gas production with projects such as RHIP, Khazzan and Yibal Khuff.

“Among ongoing projects RHIP and Yibal Khuff are the most promising ones. Particularly RHIP, which is being developed with an investment of around $5 billion is considered the most promising one,” Ibrahim Hamoud Salim al Waili, business planning manager, Gas Directorate at PDO, told Muscat Daily.

“At the end of 2017, PDO accounted for 97% of the total natural gas produced in the country. However, with the commencement of BP Khazzan gas field, the situation has changed, but PDO is still the largest producer of gas in the country,” he continued.

“RHIP is the biggest ever gas project taken by PDO so far, and is very likely to start production next year. This project is likely to result in significant production increase of gas and condensate,” said Waili, without giving details of the likely production details.

He added that the project will demonstrate the technological capabilities of PDO as it requires a huge amount of infrastructure and complex machines to be built in just a 1.2 square kilometer area.“It is very complicated, advanced and integrated,” he said.