Sweden’s GotOilwill operate block 15, with Denmark’s Odin Energyas the minority stakeholder. The team is committed to investing $11 million over a six-year exploration period. The block covers 1,389 square kilometres. Circle will pump $18 million over the same period into exploration of block 52, which spreads across some 90,790 square kilometres. The Irish firm was awarded the block 49 concession in March (MEED 1:4:05).

Muscat is stepping up exploration activity and in August launched a bid round for five blocks carved out of acreage relinquished the previous month by Petroleum Development Oman(MEED 19:8:05).