Anglo-Dutch supermajor Shell is gearing up for a drilling campaign offshore Sarawak, East Malaysia following a geotechnical investigation that is scheduled to start within days.

Shell has its eye on exploration and development drilling at four locations off the coast of Sarawak, with wells expected to be spudded this year.

The exploration prospects on the operator’s radar are Davana, Keremak and Ruku-Ruku, while drilling on its Selasih producing field is also on the cards.

Local subsidiary Sarawak Shell has contracted the Malaysia-flagged Keyfield Helms for the survey work, which is scheduled to be performed between 12 February and 14 March.

The 3500-deadweight tonne platform supply vessel Keyfield Helms — formerly named Tahya Misr I — is en route to Bintulu, Sarawak where it is due to arrive on 9 February, according to VesselsValue.