Bahrain has made two natural gas discoveries in the Al-Jawf and Al-Joubah onshore reservoirs, reported the Bahrain News Agency (BNA).

The two reservoirs are located in each of the unconventional Al-Juba and Al-Jawf layers, which are located under the Al-Khuf and Al-Onaiza gas-producing fields.

Nogaholding, Bahrain’s energy investment and development arm, chairman Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa provided an update on the gas discoveries to Bahrain King Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa, without disclosing estimated reserves.

According to BNA , the discoveries’ initial evaluations were ‘encouraging in terms of quantity and production opportunities’.

Nasser said the ‘significant’ discoveries are in tune with country’s efforts to increase the natural resources production capacity.

The latest discoveries follow the completion of the evaluation drilling and tests in the Al-Juba reservoir, as well as the completion of two wells in the Al-Jawf reservoir.

Nasser added: “This information available to us paves the way for the future development and production of the natural gas resource in the interest of the Kingdom of Bahrain.”

The authorities anticipate easier exploitation of the latest gas discoveries compared to the Khaleej Al-Bahrain offshore field, reported Forbes.

Discovered in 2018, the Khaleej Al-Bahrain offshore field is estimated to hold 80 billion barrels of shale oil and 20 trillion cubic feet of gas.

No decision on the field’s production start has been made due to cost and the complexity of extracting the resources.