Oil and natural gas


In general, oil and natural gas resources are the property of the government of the country in which they are located. As a consequence, an oil company generally does not own the rights to discovered oil and gas but instead receives permissions to explore for and produce oil from the government of the country in question. These permissions are typically called concessions and licences.

A licence is usually divided into two parts – an exploration licence and a production licence. A company normally has to undertake certain work within an area during a specified period of time in order to receive an exploration licence. These work commitments are normally geological, geochemical or geophysical studies (seismic studies) and drilling operations. Oil companies do not necessarily have to pay money in order to receive exploration licences. Payment is instead the commitment of work. In some cases, a licence fee to the host country is statutory. If commercial volumes of oil or natural gas are discovered, the exploration licence converts into a production licence, where a royalty and/or a tax is applicable, or a production sharing agreement, where a certain share of the recovered oil or natural gas goes directly to the country. The division of oil and natural gas between the licence and the country in a production licence varies widely throughout the world. The duration of a production licence is usually 20–30 years.

About Tethys Oil

Tethys Oil is a Swedish oil company with focus on onshore areas with known oil discoveries. The company’s core area is the Sultanate of Oman, where it holds interests in Blocks 3&4, Block 49, Block 56 and Block 58. Tethys Oil has net working interest 2P reserves of 26.1 mmbo and net working interest 2C Contingent Resources of 13.5 mmbo and had an average oil production of 12,832 barrels per day from Blocks 3&4 during 2019. The company’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm (TETY). Website: www.tethysoil.com