Muscat has opened its 2019 licensing round, offering up underexplored southern acreage. The previous two rounds were successful. Have IOCs the appetite for more?

Oman’s Ministry of Oil and Gas this week opened bidding on six new concession areas, five of which lie in the country’s south. The tender will remain open until 30 May, and if previous licensing rounds offer any indication, any exploration and production agreements will be finalized in around a year.

Muscat is looking...