Tethys Oil to get new exploration license onshore OmanStaff Writer | November 9, 2017
Tethys Oil announced that it will be awarded a new exploration license by the Ministry of Oil and Gas of the Sultanate of Oman.
Oil exploration Nine wells have been drilled
Tethys Oil will through its wholly owned subsidiary Tethys Oil Montasar Ltd be the operator of the Block and hold a 100% of the license interest. The Block will be signed on 14 November 2017.
The Block 49 licence covers an area of 15 439 km2. More than 11 000 km of 2D seismic data that has been acquired by previous operators has been made available to Tethys Oil.
Nine wells have been drilled within the block boundaries, several of which are reported to have encountered oil shows. Among the legacy wells is the first well ever drilled in Oman in 1955 (Dauka-1).
The exploration and production sharing agreement (EPSA) for Block 49 covers an initial exploration period of three years with an optional extension period of another three years.
In case of a commercial oil or gas discovery, the EPSA will be transformed in to a 15 year production license which can be extended for another five years.
In case of a commercial discovery Oman Government Company, has a right to acquire up to a 30% interest in Block 49 against refunding of past expenditure.
The initial work commitments during the first period include geological studies, seismic acquisition and processing and exploratory drilling. ■