The sultanate’s consumption of natural gas rose by 12.8 per cent year-on-year in the first seven months of 2021 compared to the same period of last year.
Total consumption of natural gas rose to 29,363mn cubic metres (mncm) during the January–July period of 2021 against 26,041mncm in the corresponding period of 2020.
The growth in total consumption was driven by increased natural gas demand in oilfields, power plants and industrial projects, the Ministry of Energy and Minerals’ figures released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) showed.
Oman produced and imported a total of 29,363mncm natural gas to meet the country’s demand during the January–July period of this year, which is nearly 13 per cent higher compared to the total of production and imports in the first seven months of 2020.
Industrial projects, the biggest natural gas consuming sector in the sultanate, recorded a total gas consumption of 17,164mncm in the first seven months of this year, which is 9.1 per cent higher as compared to 15,738mncm consumption in the same period a year ago.
The industrial and manufacturing sector activities started to pick up since the beginning of 2021 as the demand started to improve after the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
Gas usage in the oilfields increased by nearly 25 per cent to 7.556mncm in the first seven months of this year against 6,063mncm in the same period of 2020.
Gas consumption in the power generation projects increased by 8.7 per cent to 4,519mncm in the first seven months of 2021 compared to 4,159mncm in the same period of previous year.
Electricity production at the sultanate’s gas-fired power generation plants rose by 9.6 per cent during the first half of this year to 19,497.7GWh compared to 17,793.5GWh in the same period of 2020.