Murphy Wins Two Exploration Blocks from Petronas

PETRONAS awarded two Production Sharing Contracts for Blocks PM311 and PM312 offshore Peninsular Malaysia to Murphy Oil Corporation and PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd. The PSCs mark the fifth and sixth Malaysian blocks awarded to Murphy Oil.

Under the contracts signed today, Murphy Oil will have a 75 percent interest in each of the two blocks, with PETRONAS Carigali owning the remaining 25 percent. Murphy Oil will operate the two blocks.

Blocks PM311 and PM312, with a combined area of about 11,000 square kilometers, are located northeast offshore Terengganu. Under the terms of the PSC, Murphy Oil will acquire and reprocess 250 square kilometers of 3D seismic data and 2,500 line kilometers of 2D seismic data for each block. The operator will also drill two exploration wells in each block.

The blocks, previously operated by Esso Production Malaysia Incorporated (EPMI), have been identified to possess attractive oil and gas potential. A gas field, the Bundi Complex, was discovered in Block PM311 by EPMI before relinquishing the block. With its new drilling concept and vast experience, Murphy Oil will look into the stratigraphic and deeper plays to evaluate the prospectivity of both blocks.

Murphy Oil is an integrated oil and gas company with operations in the US, UK, South America, Canada, China, Spain, Pakistan and the Philippines. In Malaysia, Murphy Oil made its debut in the country's upstream sector in 1999 when it was awarded Blocks SK309 and SK311 offshore Sarawak and the Deepwater Block K offshore Sabah. In 2001, Murphy Oil took over the Deepwater Block H, also offshore Sabah, from EPMI.

At the PSC signing ceremony held at the PETRONAS Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, PETRONAS was represented by Datuk Ishak Imam Abas, its Senior Vice President, Finance. Signing on behalf of Murphy Oil was its President and Chief Executive Officer Mr Claiborne P. Deming, while Puan Mariah Mohd Said, a Director of PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd, represented the company.


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