Malaysia’s national oil company Petronas is eyeing further exploration offshore Suriname as it considers maturing prospects on Block 48.

Suriname is a current exploration hotspot alongside neighbouring Guyana where several high profile discoveries have been made in recent years.

Petronas has lined up Dutch survey contractor Fugro to perform a seep survey and geochemical campaign on the frontier acreage ahead of potential future drilling.

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“The Suriname-Guyana basin is shaping up to be a world-class petroleum system and Petronas is poised to be a major player in this region, as demonstrated by their successful results from the Sloanea-1 exploration well located in Block 52,” said Brian Hottman, Fugro’s director for Caribbean and Pacific South America.


Fugro’s work offshore Suriname for Petronas is being carried out from the survey vessel Fugro Brasilis.

The workscope involves geophysical data collection, heat flow measurements, core sampling and onboard geochemical analyses, which aim to optimise future exploration activities in this frontier area.

The fieldwork for the campaign will run through the first quarter with subsequent geochemical analyses and final reports being delivered in May 2021.