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Petronas signs agreement with TotalEnergies, Shell to develop ultra-deepwater block off Sabah

Updated: Dec 19, 2022

The Petronas twin towers is seen behind the company corporate logo in downtown Kuala Lumpur on May 13,2011. – AFP photo

KUCHING (Oct 13): Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) has signed a production sharing contract (PSC) with TotalEnergies EP Malaysia (TE), Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd (PCSB), Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Limited (SSPC) and Shell Sabah Selatan Sdn Bhd (SSS) for Block 2K, an ultra-deepwater block located off the coast of Sabah.

According to a statement, Block SB 2K, with depth up to 3,000 metres, covering 1,952 sq km is located in the prolific north-west ultra-deepwater area within a proven hydrocarbon basin with promising hydrocarbon potential.

“Under the PSC terms, TE, a wholly owned subsidiary of France-based TotalEnergies SE, will be the operator with a 34.9 per cent participating interest.

“PCSB holds a 40 per cent participating interest while the remaining 25.1 per cent is equally split between the other two partners, SSPC and SSS,” said the Petronas statement today.

Signing the PSC on behalf of Petronas was senior vice president of Malaysia Petroleum Management (MPM), Mohamed Firouz Asnan, while TE was represented by its general manager, Exploration and Production Malaysia, Xavier Faugeras.

PCSB was represented by vice president Exploration, Mohd Redhani Abdul Rahman, SSPC by its finance manager, Upstream Malaysia, Hilmi Yusof and SSS by its general manager, Sabah Deepwater, Upstream Malaysia, Prithipal Singh.

Mohamed Firouz said: “The signing of the PSC for Block 2K completes the licensing of the five ultra-deepwater blocks off the coast of Sabah, along the newly identified Oligo-Miocene carbonate trend proven by Tepat-1 oil discovery in Block N in 2018. Block 2V was signed last year followed by Blocks 2W and X early this year.”

He added: “A total of four wells are expected to be drilled in these ultra-deepwater blocks in 2022 and 2023, to explore within this emerging hydrocarbon province.”

These five blocks now come with available 3D seismic data from a recent mega multi-client survey, which will accelerate exploration drilling programmes.

Additional data is also available through Petronas myPROdata at

Petronas, through MPM, manages petroleum arrangements in Malaysia and provides stewardship on upstream petroleum activities.

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