Oman Energy

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Almost 50 years after the sultanate began shipping oil out of the port at Mina Al Fahal, the country’s economy remains closely tied to the fortunes of hydrocarbons. In 2015 oil and gas together accounted for 33.9% of GDP, 78.7% of government revenues and 59.4% of merchandise exports, according to the Central Bank of Oman.


Investments being made in refining infrastructure are leading to expanded capacity and production, raising questions about how to best make use of this growing resource. Up to three quarters of domestically refined petroleum products are currently used in the country, with a subsidy system that reinforces the market. However, with new capacity...

Chapter | Energy from The Report: Oman 2017

Almost 50 years after it began shipping oil out of the port at Mina Al Fahal, the sultanate’s economy remains closely tied to the fortunes of hydrocarbons, which in 2015 accounted for 33.9% of GDP, 78.7% of state revenues and 59.4% of goods exports. Although 2015 was challenging for the nation’s oil and gas sector, the government is expected to keep crude production near its current level of...

Despite ongoing economic pressures associated with the drop in oil prices, Oman’s diversification strategy and efforts to enhance wider revenue streams are beginning to bear fruit, as witnessed by continued growth in the non-oil sector despite dropping incomes and wider regional instability.

Government plans to increase the country’s generation capacity and upgrade its transmission network look set to spur further growth in Oman’s utilities sector, against a backdrop of subsidy rationalisation.

Bucking global hydrocarbons trends, Oman is moving ahead with substantial investment across its upstream and downstream oil and gas industry.

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