Oman hopes its stability will attract investors for its 2017 bid round. Last year’s effort was a flop.

Oman’s Ministry of Oil and Gas (MOG) is offering four exploration blocks in north-central Oman in a tender slated for 20 September launch. Blocks 47, 51, and 65 are considered prospective for both oil and gas, and Block 43b for gas (see map).

This comes after last year’s flopped four-block offering, which has resulted in just one exploration deal, signed in May this...