OXY GAUGES OIL STRIKE IN OMAN; WILDCAT SCHEDULED

Exploration activity is stirring in Oman. Occidental of Oman Inc. tested an oil discovery on its 1.6 million acre Suneinah block in Northwest Oman. And a trio of independents plans a wildcat on an undrilled block offsetting to Oxy's acreage. Oxy's 1 Wadi Latham flowed at a rate of 2,439 b/d of 40 gravity oil and 2.2 MMcfd of gas through an 10/64 in. choke from a 201 ft section of lower Cretaceous Shuaiba limestone at 6,719-6,920 ft in a medium radius horizontal hole. Oxy operates the

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