US mini major Occidental (Oxy) and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) are to expand the 1bn cfd Al-Hosn gas plant in the UAE. The 8 November announcement reaffirmed Oxy’s commitment to its remaining Middle East assets, and the increasingly important role of gas in its portfolio.

The Al-Hosn plant (Adnoc 60%, Oxy 40%) reached full capacity last year and processes 1bn cfd of sour gas from the onshore Shah gas field (see map, p3), producing 500mn cfd of sales gas, along with...