Oman

1937

Creation of Petroleum Development (PD) in Oman

1979

Elf launches Sahmah oil field development in Oman

1992

Total enters the Oman LNG project and opens an office in Muscat

1993

Oman LNG Constitution; Total takes 6%

1995

Total Group signs a new PSC on Block 4

1996

Signature of the agreements needed to launch the Oman LNG project

1999

Elf Aquitaine sells its upstream activities in Oman

Total is present in Oman since 1937.

 

Since 1937

  • 1937, creation of Petroleum Development (PD) in Oman, a subsidiary of Iraq Petroleum.

  • 1959, the CFP comes out of PD Oman because of the failure of exploration drilling.

  • In 1966, the CFP returns to Oman, taking over two-thirds of the Partex (Gulbenkian) stake, or 10%.

Recherche sismique
Seismic Research in Oman, 1967, DR - Total
  • 1970, discovery of Al Huwaiseh by PD (Oman).

  • 1972, PD (Oman) discovers small structures in the Ghaba region.

  • 1974, creation of Elf Oman.

  • 1975, Elf gets exploration permit.

  • 1979, Elf launches the development of Sahmah oil field in Oman.

  • 1980, production of the Dhofar field (PD Oman) begins.

  • 1981, Elf obtains new permits in Oman

  • 1984, construction of a market gardening unit in Oman by Total Agrosystems International.

  • 1986, Total uncovers an accumulation of oil in Oman on the Yibal permit, which remains to be evaluated.

  • 1989, Elf conducts an appraisal drill on Sahmah Southwest.

  • 1992, Total enters the Oman LNG project and opens an office in Muscat.

  • 1993, constitution of Oman LNG; Total takes 6%; launch of the construction of the liquefaction plant.

  • 1995, Total signs a new PSC on block 4.

  • 1996, signature of the necessary agreements to launch the Oman LNG project.

  • 1999, Elf Aquitaine realizes the sale of its upstream activities in Oman

  • 1999, commissioning of two liquefaction trains at the Qalhat plant.

  • 2001, the Oman authorities award TotalFinaElf block 34 in the south of the Sultanate, covering an area of ​​nearly 11,500 km2.

  • 2002, TotalFinaElf holds a 4% stake in Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). Production in 2002 is 48 kb / d on a Group basis.

  • 2004, on block 6 operated by Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), of which TOTAL holds 4.0%, oil production reached 26 kboe/d on average in 2004 (Group share), a slight decrease compared to 2003 ( 28 kboe/d). The Oman LNG liquefaction plant (TOTAL, 5.54%) produces 6.9 Mt over the year, with short-term and spot deliveries in addition to long-term outlets in Korea and Japan. Oman LNG takes a 36.8% interest in Qalhat LNG (TOTAL, 2.04%).

  • 2005, block 34 is returned in May after completion of a 2D seismic campaign. On block 6, operated by Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), of which TOTAL holds 4%, a new concession agreement takes effect on 1 January for a period of 40 years. TOTAL acquires 2% of the production sharing contract of the Mukhaizna field (block 53) following its transfer to the Western operator. A third liquefaction train of 3.6 Mt/y launched in 2003 and owned by the new company Qalhat LNG is commissioned at the end of 2005.

  • 2006, on Block 6, operated by Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) of which TOTAL holds 4%, oil production reached 589 Mb/d, down from 2005 (631 Mb/d). On block 53 (2%), the development of the Mukhaizna heavy oil field is launched, as part of the production sharing contract signed in 2005. Two Oman LNG liquefaction trains (5.54%) produce 6.7 Mt.

 

Usine LNG (Gas naturel liquéfié) de Sur, au sultanat d'Oman, 2008, Marc Roussel
LNG plant (liquefied natural gas) of Sur, in the Sultanate of Oman, 2008, © Marc Roussel
  • 2013, December, TOTAL obtains the license for block 41 located in very deep waters. The permit is returned in 2015 after disappointing results.