Oman LNG, the second main exporter in the Middle East, has named a new Chief Executive to replace Harib Al-Kitani, the long-standing incumbent who has overseen the return of stable feed-gas supplies and the updating of facilities and strategy.
A statement from the board at the Arabian Peninsula-based company said Al-Kitani would be stepping down and his successor and new CEO was named as Hamed Al-Numani.
Oman exports around 11 million tonnes per annum and its annual dispatch of cargoes covers the main importing nations.
“With a long successful journey of four decades in the industry, Al-Kitani’s experience has contributed tremendously in shaping Oman LNG as a reliable and trusted supplier,” said the board.
Al-Kitani is a veteran of the Sultanate of Oman’s energy industry and has been at Oman LNG from its inception in the late 1990s, holding a series of high-level positions.
“We wish him all the best in his retirement and a big thank you for all he has done to drive our success,” the statement added.
His successor Hamed Al-Numani comes with 20 years of energy industry experience with projects in Europe and the US.
Oman LNG’s customers include South Korea with around 3.9MT of annual supplies, Japan with about 3MT as well as other leading importers like China and India.
Cargo buyers also include Taiwan, Pakistan and Thailand.
The Thai national energy company, PTT Exploration and Production Public Company, has recently agreed to take a 20 percent stake in Oman’s upstream natural gas resources from BP of the UK centred on the onshore Block 61 comprising the Khazzan field, which began production in 2017, and the Ghazeer field, onstream since October 2020.
Block 61, covering around 3,950 square kilometres in central Oman, contains the largest tight-gas development in the Middle East.
Gas from the Block is sent for domestic consumption into Oman’s national gas grid, while also boosting the availability of feed-gas for Oman LNG.
Oman has also planned under Al-Kitani to become a major LNG bunkering nation from its port at Sohar in cooperation with French major Total.
The main Omani LNG export facilities are at the port of Sur. The plant comprises the three amalgamated liquefaction Trains of two former separate companies, Oman LNG and Qalhat LNG.
Al-Kitani also initiated plans for a de-bottlenecking project, whereby better output can be achieved by fixing inefficiencies, both technical and operational, and increasing Oman’s LNG output to 11.5 MTPA or more.