Petronas Launches Offshore Seismic Survey to Explore Langkasuka Basin

Credit: Petronas
Credit: Petronas

Malaysia's Petronas said Wednesday it had undertaken a new offshore multi-client 2D seismic survey in the northern area of the Straits of Melaka (Straits of Malacca) to explore and map the hydrocarbon potential in the open blocks of PM320 and PM321 of the Langkasuka Basin. 

The survey will increase the availability of a larger pool seismic data,  leading to a higher probability of discovering hydrocarbon potential which, in turn, is expected to attract prospective investors in future bid rounds, Petronas said.

"This ongoing seismic survey was initiated in October 2023 and is set to  conclude in late December this year. It covers an area of over 38,000 square kilometres with the aim of acquiring approximately 8,000  kilometres of new 2D seismic data. It is designed to provide superior  quality seismic data for prospecting the pre-Tertiary targets, Petronas added.

Petronas Senior Vice President of Malaysia Petroleum Management (MPM), Mohamed Firouz Asnan said, “PETRONAS continues to invest in data enrichment for Malaysian basins, like the emerging Langkasuka Basin. Initiatives such  as this multi-client seismic survey is expected to attract exploration  interests to support the country’s production growth strategy.” 

Azmir Zamri, Senior General Manager of Resource Exploration MPM, added “Our recent study of the Langkasuka Basin indicates hydrocarbon potential in the untested deeper pre-Tertiary formation, which prompted for this seismic survey to be conducted. The first exploration probe is expected  in the next three years to test this exciting new geological play.”

Petronas, through MPM, is the custodian of the petroleum resources in Malaysia.  With this mandate, MPM manages petroleum arrangements and provides stewardship on upstream exploration and production activities in Malaysia.

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