Inpex Acquires Stake in Blocks Offshore Malaysia

Inpex Corporation has been granted the approval by Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) to acquire a 75 percent participating interest in the deepwater Block S, and a 37.5 percent participating interest in the deepwater Block R respectively, and both blocks are located offshore Sabah, Malaysia.

In Block S, Inpex Offshore North West Sabah, Ltd. will conduct exploration activities as the operator with a 75 percent participating interest, while Petronas Carigali, a subsidiary of Petronas, holds a 25 percent participating interest. Block S is located 120km northwest off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, the state of Sabah, Borneo island, and it covers an area of 574km2 with a water depth ranging from 200m to 1,500m. The Block lies in the Sabah basin where large reserves of oil and natural gas, such as the Kikeh and the Gumusut-Kakap oil fields, have been discovered. Inpex Offshore North West Sabah, Ltd., as the operator, will conduct a three-dimensional seismic survey and other geological and geophysical studies, and plans to drill two exploration wildcat wells in around 2014.

Meanwhile, in Block R, Inpex Offshore South West Sabah, Ltd. holds a 37.5 percent participating interest, and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration (Deepwater Sabah), Limited will conduct exploration activities as the operator with a 37.5 percent participating interest and Petronas Carigali holds a remaining 25 percent participating interest. Block R is located 180km west off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, the state of Sabah, Borneo island, and it covers an area of 672 km2 with a water depth ranging from 100m to 1,400m. Inpex Offshore South West Sabah, Ltd. will conduct a three-dimensional seismic survey and other geological and geophysical studies, and plans to drill three exploration wildcat wells in around 2014.

This is the first case for Inpex to participate in oil and gas exploration activities in Malaysia since its business integration between the former Inpex and Teikoku Oil Co., Ltd. in 2008. Inpex plans to establish its newest liaison office in Kuala Lumpur this spring for its E&P business in Malaysia. It is expected that project opportunities in Malaysia will diversify and enhance Inpex’s global asset portfolio.

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