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Oman’s gas consumption rises 12%

1 Nov 2021 Gas consumption By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – The sultanate’s consumption of natural gas rose by 11.7 per cent year-on-year in the first nine months of 2021 compared to the same period of last year.

Total consumption of natural gas rose to 37,948mn cubic metres (mncm) during the January–September period of 2021 against 33,966mncm 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 37,948mncm natural gas to meet the country’s demand during the January–September period of this year, which is nearly 12 per cent higher compared to the total of production and imports in the first nine months of 2020.

Industrial projects, the biggest natural gas consuming sector in the sultanate, recorded a total gas consumption of 21,816mncm in the first nine months of this year, which is 8.7 per cent higher as compared to 20,078mncm consumption in the same period a year ago.

Gas usage in the oilfields increased by more than 21 per cent to 9,808mncm in the first nine months of this year against 8,083mncm in the same period of 2020.

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