Shell Makes Gas Find at Marjoram-1 Well in Block SK318 Offshore Sarawak

Royal Dutch Shell plc reported Tueday that it has made a gas discovery at the company-operated deepwater Marjoram-1 well in Block SK318, offshore Sarawak, Malaysia - the second exploration success in the block after Rosmari-1 earlier this year.

“Our strategy to expand our heartland areas through technologically advanced exploration is delivering tangible success in deep-water in Malaysia ... We have a long history in the region, and the addition of new natural gas resources this year ensures we are able to continue to provide cost-effective, reliable, cleaner energy options for the future,” Andrew Brown, Shell Upstream International director said in a press release.

The Marjoram-1 well is located around 111 miles (180 kilometers) off the coast of Sarawak in water depths of around 2,624 feet (800 meters).

The Rosmari-1 exploration well, located 84 miles (135 kilometers) offshore in Block SK318, had encountered more than 1,476 feet (450 meters) of gas column when the discovery was announced by the European oil major in April.

Shell has an 85 percent interest in Block SK318, with the remaining 15 percent held by Malaysia's national oil and gas company Petroliam Nasional Berhad's upstream unti Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd.

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