Oman Relies On Independents To Boost Crude Output By 40,000+ B/D

Independents aim to lift Oman’s crude production by at least 40,000 b/d. Shell-led PDO’s output will stay at 550,000 b/d. Oman’s increasingly heavy crude output will impact export blend quality. BP will take FID on a $15bn gas project in February 2013, as the government prepares to lift gas subsidies to end users, Nick Wilson writes from Muscat. Meanwhile, Melanie Lovatt reports that Oman’s refinery...