Oman is becoming a hotspot for international majors, with BP, Shell, Eni and Total all expanding their footprint in the sultanate.

French major Total this week signed a Heads of Agreement (HoA) with Oman’s Ministry of Oil and Gas (MOG) to explore “significant prospective gas reserves” in Block 12 – a newly-created 10,000 km² exploration license that overlaps a large chunk of Petroleum Development Oman’s (PDO) massive Block 6.

Total says its exploration...