Sweden’s Tethys Oil said it has entered into an agreement to acquire a 2 per cent participating interest in Block 53 onshore Oman from Total E&P Oman for US$32 million.
Block 53 holds the Mukhaizna oil field, the single largest producing oil field in Oman with a gross production in excess of 100,000 bopd. The acquisition is subject to government approval and the waiver of partner pre-emption rights, the company said in a statement.
"We welcome this opportunity which, if completed, will be a valuable complement to our existing asset base and underscores our long-term commitment to the Sultanate of Oman," said Tethys Oil's managing director Magnus Nordin.
The Mukhaizna field is a giant heavy-oil development in Block 53 onshore Oman operated by Occidental Petroleum. The field's average gross daily production is in excess of 100,000 bopd. Block 53 is located in central Oman covering an area of 694 km2, south of Tethys Oil's operations in Blocks 3&4 and east of Block 49. The block is covered by a 30-year production-sharing agreement signed in 2005.
The transaction has an effective date of 1 January with customary cash adjustment to be made at closing, which is expected during the first six months of 2019. Tethys Oil will finance the acquisition with cash on hand, which at the end of the third quarter 2018, amounted to $US 63.7 million.