Occidental has been producing in Oman for over 30 years, where we have steadily increased production and reserves and today are the largest independent oil producer operating in the country.
Our major operations are located in northern Oman, primarily in Block 62 and at the Safah Field in Block 9, and at the south-central Mukhaizna Field. In 2016, the company commissioned a new gas plant in the Maradi Huraymah Field, part of Block 62. Occidental received a 15-year extension for Block 9 in 2017.
At the Mukhaizna Field, Occidental has implemented an aggressive drilling and development program, including a major pattern steam flood project for enhanced oil recovery that utilizes some of the largest mechanical vapor compressors ever built. In 2016, the average gross daily production was approximately 16 times higher than the production rate in September 2005 when Occidental assumed operations.
Occidental has increased production at Safah field in northern Oman through a combination of development wells, waterflooding and successful exploration. Occidental's exploration program in northern Oman is one of the most successful in the company's history. More than 100 wells have been drilled to date, resulting in many significant sizable discoveries such as Wadi Latham, Wadi Aswad North, Khamilah and Safah North B fields.