Murphy Drills Duster Offshore Malaysia

Murphy Oil reports that its Aya #1 exploration well encountered wet reservoir sands and will be plugged and abandoned. This well was drilled in 4,478 feet of water in Block K offshore Sabah Malaysia, on a fault separated structure down dip to the west of the previously announced Kikeh Kecil oil discovery.

"We have been conducting a very active deepwater exploration program in Malaysia for some time," says Claiborne P Deming, Murphy Oil President and CEO. "The Aya well is our first dry hole in Block K following our initial success at Kikeh #1, and this well underscores the risks in exploring a new basin. Our successes at Kikeh and Kikeh Kecil, however, all point to the significance of this basin and we will continue pushing forward our program. The rig is now moving to drill the Siakap prospect in Block K, east of Kikeh Kecil," he added.

Murphy as operator, has an 80% working interest in Block K. PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd., a wholly owned exploration and production arm of PETRONAS, holds the remaining 20% interest.