PTTEP and partners make oil and gas discovery offshore Malaysia

April 14, 2021

2021-03-30, Offshore Technology:

Thailand’s PTT Exploration & Production (PTTEP) and its partners have made new oil and gas discovery in the Sirung-1 wildcat exploration well offshore Malaysia.

The exploration well is situated in Block SK405B production sharing contract (PSC), located in the shallow waters of Balingian Province, approximately 237km off the coast of Miri, Sarawak.

Drilled to a total depth of 2,538m, the Sirung-1 exploration well encountered significant oil and gas column, exceeding 100m within the Oligocene to Middle Miocene sandstone reservoirs.

The partners plan for an appraisal well in near future to assess the upside resources.


PTTEP move strengthens investment in Malaysia

February 26, 2021

Dateline 2021-02-17, Bangkok Post:

PTT Exploration and Production Plc (PTTEP) has started its natural gas production at Rotan and Buluh deepwater fields of Block H off the coast of Sabah, Malaysia, marking its move to strengthen investment in Malaysia.

The production will increase the company’s petroleum supply and sales volume in the neighbouring country.

The first gas production in Block H came after its wholly-owned subsidiary PTTEP HK Offshore Co successfully completed the Lang Lebah-2 appraisal well in the Sarawak SK 410B Project. The drilling result registered a new record for PTTEP’s largest gas discovery.


Thailand’s PTTEP announces largest-ever gas discovery in Malaysia

February 24, 2021

Dateline 2021-02-10, Reuters:

Thailand’s largest oil and gas firm, PTT Exploration and Production Pcl on Wednesday said it made its biggest gas find yet in a project offshore of Malaysia.

“We are delighted to confirm the largest-ever gas discovery by PTTEP,” chief executive Phongsthorn Thavisin said, adding that the discovery strengthened the company’s investment base in Malaysia.

The discovery is based on the appraisal of Lang Lebah-2 in the Sarawak SK 410B project, about 90 km (55.92 miles) offshore of the Malaysian state of Sarawak.


Malaysia and China in stand-off near PTTEP’s appraisal drilling

December 17, 2020

Dateline 2020-11-30, Upstream:

The Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) and Royal Malaysian Navy have been involved in yet another standoff over oil and gas drilling in the South China Sea as tensions mount between regional powers over resources in the strategic sea area.

The CCG vessel 5402 in mid-November approached the Borr Drilling-owned jack-up Gunnlod, which is working for Thailand’s national upstream company PTTEP on Block SK 410B off Sarawak, East Malaysia, according to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) of the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS).


Petronas’ Malaysia LNG supply faces headwinds

December 6, 2020

Dateline 2020-11-09, Energy Voice:

The Petronas-operated Bintulu LNG export complex, in the eastern Malaysian state of Sarawak, desperately needs new gas supplies to maintain its exports in the near-to-medium term, as legacy fields mature.

Moreover, recent news that the fast-track schedule for PTTEP’s giant Lang Lebah field development appears to be slipping, does not bode well for the 29.3 million tonne per year LNG export facility, which is one of the world’s largest.

Thai upstream player PTTEP said on 5 November that it only expects to take a final investment decision (FID) for its proposed giant sour gas field in 2022. Initially, FID was targeted by 2021, after the field was discovered in 2019. Further slippage is possible.


Murphy Oil Corporation Announces Close of Malaysia Portfolio, Executes $300 Million Share Repurchase Program

August 24, 2019

Dateline 2019-07-10, Business Wire:

Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR) (“Murphy”) announced its subsidiary closed the sale to divest the fully issued share capital of the entities primarily conducting Murphy’s operations in Malaysia to a subsidiary of PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (“PTTEP”). The transaction was previously announced on March 21, 2019, with an effective economic valuation date of January 1, 2019. After closing adjustments, Murphy will receive proceeds of approximately US$2.035 billion, and expects to report a gain on the sale of approximately $1.0 billion. Murphy does not anticipate tax liabilities related to the transaction.

“We would like to congratulate PTTEP on the purchase of their new asset. As our talented and committed Malaysia team transitions to their new owner, I am confident they will diligently work to ensure continued success in the country. Also, I would like to thank our long-term partners PETRONAS, PETRONAS Carigali and Pertamina. They too have diligently worked to ensure our long-term success in the region,” stated Roger W. Jenkins, President and Chief Executive Officer.


Malaysia find biggest ever for PTTEP

August 10, 2019

Was this the acreage they bought from Murphy?

Dateline 2019-06-28, Bangkok Post:

SET-listed oil and gas explorer PTT Exploration and Production Plc has made a gas discovery off the shore of Sarawak in Malaysia, marking PTTEP’s biggest find ever.

Through wholly owned subsidiary PTTEP HK Offshore Ltd (PTTEP HKO), the company found the gas at Lang Lebah-1RDR2, the first exploratory well in the Sarawak SK410B project.

The subsidiary commenced drilling in March to a total depth of 3,810 metres in Lang Lebah-1RDR2. The well encountered 252 metres of net gas pay, indicating a multi-trillion-cubic-feet discovery, and was tested in a carbonate main target reservoir with a completion-constrained rate of 41.3 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD) and 246 barrels of condensate per day (BCPD).


Kuwait’s KUFPEC discovers gas in Malaysian block SK-410B

August 6, 2019

Dateline 2019-06-27, Reuters:

Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC) said on Thursday it had made a significant gas discovery in block SK-410B in Malaysia.

The block is located in shallow waters, nearly 90 km (56 miles) off the coast of Sarawak, it said in a statement.

The discovery was made by KUFPEC Malaysia, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Kuwaiti firm, which holds a 42.5% working interest under a production sharing contract with PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd. and PTTEP HK Offshore Ltd.


Murphy’s Exit: Good But Not Great

May 6, 2019

Dateline 2019-03-27, Seeking Alpha (Not Susan):

Murphy Oil Corp. (MUR) decided to exit Malaysia by selling its assets to PTT Exploration and Production (OTCPK:PEXNY) for $2.13B, which represents a full monetization of its 2P (Proved and Probable) reserves. Although the deal is positive because it materializes the firm’s geographic strategy to focus on US opportunities, we believe the true impact of the transaction in the long term will be determined by the way management will reinvest the money.

At stake are $750M, which MUR determined to be destined to fund potential acquisitions and fund both deep-water projects (probably Gulf of Mexico) and U.S. onshore opportunities (Eagle Ford).

At the moment, Norwegian Equinor (EQNR) and Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) are marketing their respective acreage in the Eagle Ford, which could spark MUR’s interest considering the company’s plans on increasing activity at Karnes, Tilden, and Catarina.


Exclusive – Murphy Oil closing in on sale of Malaysian oil, gas assets to PTTEP: sources

April 30, 2019

Dateline 2019-03-21, Reuters:

Murphy Oil Corp is nearing a deal to sell its Malaysian oil and gas assets to Thailand’s PTTEP PCL, people familiar with the matter said, in the latest energy M&A transaction in the Southeast Asian nation.

The independent U.S. oil and gas exploration and production company could announce a deal, valued at just over $2 billion (1.52 billion pounds), with the Thai energy company as early as Thursday, said one source, who declined to be identified as the news is not public.

Reuters reported in November, citing sources, that Murphy Oil was in talks to sell the assets after an unsolicited bid that could fetch between $2 billion to $3 billion.