Middle East

Middle East

Bidding starts on Oman licensing round


Bidding on Oman’s latest licensing round is under way, with four blocks up for grabs, the country’s oil ministry said today. The ministry is now using a digital system to enable bidders to access and evaluate information on the blocks –numbers 30, 31, 49 and 52 – over the internet.

Middle East

Iraqi leader predicts is collapse in Mosul


Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi has said Islamic State fighters lack the courage to put up long-term resistance in Mosul as the fight for the country’s second-largest city looks set to extend well into 2017. “We have seen the whole organisation collapsing in terms of standing in the face of our own armed forces,” Mr al-Abadi said.