Tethys Oil AB, through its Oman unit signed an agreement with Biyaq Oil Field Services to acquire a 20 percent interest in the exploration and production license covering Block 56 onshore Oman.
Block 56 covers an area of 5,808 km2 in the south-eastern part of Oman some 200 km south of Blocks 3&4. To date 11 wells have been drilled on the block and all but one have encountered oil or oil shows, although none have been determined to be commercial, Tethys Oil said.
The current operator has successfully drilled three of these wells. A work programme to flow test up to three wells is currently being prepared.
Tethys Oil said will pay to Biyaq an amount of up to US$9.5 million for the interest in a combination of cash and carry, of which a large proportion is expected to be recoverable from future production in the event of a commercial discovery. The transaction is subject to government approval.
“We are delighted to announce this opportunity to increase our Omani portfolio of assets with an interest in Block 56. The Block is an appraisal opportunity with excellent exploration potential in an area where Tethys Oil’s knowledge and experience will eminently complement the work of the current partnership. We look forward to be part of what promises to be an exciting future for Block 56,” said Magnus Nordin, managing director of Tethys Oil AB.
The Block lies at the intersection of different geological provinces including the prolific South Oman Salt Basin. It offers exploration potential in multiple play concepts, both proven and unproven, many of which are familiar to Tethys Oil from its current operations in the country.
The license for Block 56 is governed by an Exploration and Production Sharing Agreement signed in November 2014. Its initial three-year exploration phase has been extended until December 2020 and the partners have the option to enter into a second exploration phase ending in December 2023.
Upon completion of the transaction, Tethys Oil will hold a 20 per cent interest in Block 56 with Biyaq holding 5 percent, Intaj LLC will hold 25 percent and the operator Medco Arabia Ltd holding the remaining 50 per cent.