Tethys Contracts Rig, Accelerates Drilling Program in Oman

The development and exploration program on Blocks 3 and 4 onshore the Sultanate of Oman accelerates after a second drilling rig has been contracted. The first well being drilled by this rig is the Farha South-6 well ("FS-6") on Block 3.

The new rig, a 750 horsepower Deutag T-55, is operated by UK drilling contractor KCA Deutag Drilling Company. The new rig will be used alongside the Abraj 204 rig already in use on the Blocks, and currently drilling the SE-7 exploration well on Block 4.

"We are very pleased that the work program of Blocks 3 and 4 of Oman is been accelerated, underpinning both the extent of Blocks 3 & 4 areas which remain un-explored to-date as well as remaining geological uncertainties before a fully-fledged development plan is put in place. Two rigs will allow a speedier drilling schedule for 2011," said Magnus Nordin, Managing Director of Tethys Oil AB.

FS-6 is drilled as a vertical well, designed to target the lower Barik formation. The drill site is located 140 meters southeast of well FS-4 and 750 meters south-southwest of well FS-3.

Tethys has a 30 percent interest in Blocks 3 and 4. Partners are Mitsui E&P Middle East B.V. with 20 percent and the operator CC Energy Development S.A.L. (Oman branch) holding the remaining 50 percent.