Adnoc is turning its attention to deep gas reservoirs and unconventional plays as it launches its second licensing round just weeks after concluding the first. A total of five blocks are offered up, three offshore and two onshore.

Adnoc launched its second licensing round on 1 May with Upstream Executive Director Abdulmunim al-Kindy saying he intends to “aggressively accelerate our exploration program.” Five blocks have been offered up and bids are due by end-November (see table...