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BP keen to move on Oman tight gas

$15 billion-plus project to begin in 2013, with a view to production in 2016

BP wants to begin commercial development of its $15 billion-plus Omani tight-gas project in 2013, with a view to starting production in 2016. But both the company and the government stress that negotiations over the deal have yet to be concluded. Jonathan Evans, General Manager of BP Oman, told the Gas Arabia conference in Muscat he expected the project to move ahead, but said a final investment decision (FID) would not be made until February 2013. According to BP, the Kazzan/Makarem gasfield, in block 61, holds around 100 trillion cubic feet (cf) of gas in tight reservoirs, across 2,800 square km of central Oman. It plans to drill 300 wells over 15 years to produce it. If an agreement we

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