Exploration started by efforts of D’Arcy Exploration that obtained a two-year license to
prospect in Oman
D’Arcy Exploration relinquished due to disappointing geological survey results
Sultan Said Bin Taimur granted a 75 year concession right to explore the oil to the Iraq Petroleum
Company (IPC) for Oman and Dhofar through its associate Petroleum Development (Oman and Dhofar) Ltd.
The Petroleum Development (Oman and Dhofar) Ltd renounce the Dhofar region and a second exploration
concession was granted to the American City Service Company.
Changed the name of Petroleum Development (Oman and Dhofar) Ltd to Petroleum Developmen Oman Ltd
City Services company drilled the first exploration well in South Oman named Dauka-1
Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) drilled their first exploration well Fahud-1. The well was 200 m
from Fahud field which got discovered in 1964
well Marmul-1 drilled by City Services Company discovered oil but it was not considered to be
commercially viable due to low oil prices, being heavy oil and long distance to export port.
The company drilled several wells in the northern and central regions, without any of them being
successful. This continuous failure during that period led to the withdrawal of most of the
companies from the project in 1960, leaving only Shell and Partex.
Shell began its downstream marketing operations when Shell Company of South Eastern Arabia
(forerunner of Shell Markets (Middle East) Limited) obtained trading rights from the Late Sultan
Said bin Taimur.
First commercial oil discovery at Yibal field
Natih and Fahud Fields were discovered respectively. By that, Oman was born as oil productive country
Petroleum Development Oman constructed a 276 km pipeline from Fahud to the coast at Mina Al Fahal
The company constructed a power plant in Fahud and established an industrial complex in the Saih
Maleh area (later called Mina al-Fahal)
First crude cargo from Fahud field through a pipeline of 276 km to Mina Al Fahal. The cargo was
543,800 oil barrels
The French oil company returned to the partnership in the project after it bought two-thirds of the
shares of Partex, as well as the Dhofar concession returned to the company, and thus the
distribution of the shares of the company, which then became the name Petroleum Development Oman,
became as follows: Shell 85%, the French oil company 10% and Partex 5 %. The Qarn Alam
field in the central region begins production.
His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said first visit to Petroleum Development Oman (PDO).
The Government signed two agreements to explore the Arabian Sea and in Strait of Hormuz and Musandam
In January the government took a 25% stake, which changed to 60% in July of the same year, from the
Petroleum Development Oman, and as a result, the partners ’shares became the following ratios:
Shell 34%, the French oil company (Total) 4% and Partex 2%.
First Gas Discovery in Yibal and Natih fields. In the same year, On behalf of the
government, the company has established a gas pipeline that extends from the Yibal field to the
coast to provide fuel for the power and water desalination plant in Al Ghubra,
Oil production and export commenced in southern Oman In 15th May 1980, The company is registered by
royal decree as a limited liability company under the name Petroleum Development Oman and operates
under its logo represented by a fossilized Nautilus shell
Oman Petroleum Refinery (MAF) establishment with initial production capacity of 50,000 bbl /day
Oman’s first Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) project
Oman Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) established by Royal Decree
Commissioned the Saih Rawl Central Processing Plant and the gas pipeline from Saih Rawl to Oman LNG
plant at Qalhat area
First Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Cargo to Korea
Established Sohar Refinery with production capacity of 116,400 barrel/day
MAF and Sohar Refineries integration to ORPIC
Commissioning of the first and largest industrial project in Nimr Field in Block 6 operated by Petroleum Development Oman for processing of produced water (Reed Beds)
Establishment of the first steam production plant for EOR applications
in Amal field in Block 6 operated by Petroleum Development Oman
The number of drilled wells reached 1000 in (MRTQ) Cluster
Commissioning of Gas Processing Plant in ABB
Commissioning of first gas processing plant by OQ in Musandam Governorate for offshore production wells
Commenced production from Giant Khazzan Gas Field in Block 61 operated by BP Oman one of the biggest tight gas projects in the Middle East
Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) and GlassPoint Solar have completed construction on the first block of the Miraah solar plant and successfully delivered steam to the Amal West oilfield in Block 6 operated by Petroleum Development Oman
New production peak of 10.6 million tonnes of LNG, and delivered a new record of 166 LNG cargoes to customers around the world
"The largest Captial Project in PDO's histroy was Rabab Harweel
Integrated Project "
The Government signed a Concession Royality Agreement of Block 10 with Shell as an operator holding a 53.45% working interest, with OQ and Marsa LNG holding 13.36% and 33.19%, respectively.
Production commenced in the offshore Block 50 operated by Masiral Oil Ltd. This is for the first time after around 30 years of exploration efforts by the Sultanate in this area
In Block 61 for the operator BP, in partnership with OQ, Petronas and the Ministry of Energy & Minerals announced the production n from its Block 61 Phase-2 Ghazeer gas field that adds to Oman gas production
Establishment of Energy Development Oman (EDO) the owned energy firm to fund the expansion of the Petroleum Development Oman operated Block 6 concession area
launched of OQ’s OMR2.7 billion Liwa Plastics mega project located at Sohar Industrial Port.
Launch of Yibal Khuff project in Block 6 of Petroleum Development Oman which is it's second largest project, with a production of five million cubic metres of gas per day, about 20,000 barrels of crude oil per day, and 235 tons of sulfur extracted per day
OQ launch the state-of-the-art liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) plant built with an investment of around $800 million