PETRONAS announced that it has discovered  natural gas in the Kulintang-1 wildcat exploration well of Block SK438, located in the shallow waters of Balingian Province, about 230 kilometers off the coast of Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia, according to Petronas’ press release   cited.

This discovery is the second one for the company in this province this year, as the first discovery in the Sirung-1 wildcat exploration well in Block SSK405B was announced in March.

The Kulintang-1 exploration well was successfully drilled to a total depth of 2,238 meters in April 2021. The well encountered natural gas in the Oligocene to Middle Miocene sandstone reservoirs, which has not previously been adequately evaluated.

PETRONAS Senior Vice President of Malaysia Petroleum Management, Mohamed Firouz Asnan said“The success of Kulintang-1 well marks the second gas discovery within the Balingian Province this year. This encouraging result proves further potential of sweet gas in the province, especially in the deeper Oligocene play.”

“The Kulintang sweet gas discovery can be monetised through existing infrastructure towards fulfilling the demand of the domestic gas customers as well as PETRONAS LNG Complex in Bintulu, Sarawak.” he also added.