State-owned Philippine National Oil Company Exploration Corporation (PNOC EC) is looking for new partners to help explore Service Contract 57 (Calamian) offshore Northwest Palawan.

The area is believed to be prospective for gas and the partnership initiative follows a seven-year government-enforced exploration hiatus.

The 7120-square-kilometre block, which hosts the Bantac-1 well, a non-commercial oil discovery made by Occidental Petroleum, was awarded to PNOC EC in September 2005.