Oman's output of liquefied natural gas (LNG) will be steady at around 80% of total capacity in 2009 for the second year running, a senior official said recently.

Oman is reportedly short of gas and has struggled to produce enough product to meet both domestic demand and capacity to export LNG.

Oman LNG's plant has the capacity to produce around 7 million tonnes of the country's total capacity and is 51% owned by the government. Royal Dutch Shell owns 30%, while France's Total and Japan's Mitsui also have stakes.

Oman produces LNG from three trains with a total capacity of nearly 10 million tons per year overall, with a consistently high output predicted again for 2009.

$quot;We expect to produce 80% of our usual full production this year, the same as in 2008,$quot; Brian Buckley, CEO of Oman LNG, told Reuters. $quot;There's a general decline in LNG demand globally due to more plants coming onstream, and this may continue for two years until 2012.$quot;