Exploration drilling offshore Sarawak, East Malaysia, is being ramped up as operators move to discover more gas that could be used as liquefied natural gas feedstock at the Petronas LNG Complex at Bintulu.

UK supermajor Shell has recently spudded the first of a four-well exploration campaign on its MLNG production sharing contract offshore Sarawak with Velesto Energy’s jack-up Naga-4.

The Temu-1 well is now nearing completion, and this will be followed by the Cenmumur, Kecupu and Ruku Ruku wildcats.

Each of the quartet is expected to take around 30 days to drill and the current MLNG programme is expected to run until about the end of February.

This drilling campaign is being supported by four Malaysia-flagged vessels — the MMA Majestic, Executive Honour, SK Phoenix and Robust 3.

Meanwhile, Thailand’s national upstream company PTTEP is drilling ahead at its Kecapi-1 wildcat on Block SK 314A within the Sarawak Exclusive Economic Zone.

This probe, which is being drilled by another of Malaysian contractor Velesto’s jack-ups — the Naga 5 — is expected to complete around 17 October.

The drilling campaign is being supported by the locally flagged vessels JM Setia, JM Sepoi and Executive Courage.

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