Malaysia has been the site of two discoveries for Shell recently, with both finds being made offshore Borneo, while on the country’s field development front, a new project has been sanctioned and a first was achieved for pipeline installation.

Shell struck a gas discovery with the Rosmari-1 well in Block SK318 offshore Sarawak, East Malaysia. The well was drilled to a total depth of 2,123 m (6,966 ft) and encountered more than 450 m (1,476 ft) of gas column.

With further exploration planned, the discovery is a positive indicator of the gas potential in an area of strategic interest for Shell, the Anglo Dutch major said.

“Rosmari-1 is a testament to our ability to successfully drill and build understanding of new geology within our existing exploration heartlands, adding value to our existing assets in Malaysia,” said Andy Brown , director of Shell Upstream International.

Block SK318 is operated by Shell with an 85% stake, while state-owned Petronas Carigali holds the remaining 15%.

Shell also enjoyed success with an oil discovery offshore Sabah, also in Borneo, East Malaysia. The discovery was made in the Limbayong-2 well during the appraisal of the Limbayong gas field by Shell.

The appraisal well encountered 136 m (446ft) of oil-bearing sands, and there are plans to conduct more appraisal work on the discovery to determine recoverable reserves. Limbayong-2 was drilled by partners Shell (35%), ConocoPhillips (35%) and Petronas Carigali (30%).

Balai cluster gets FDP nod

Roc Oil has received approval of its field development plan (FDP) from Petronas for the initial phase in the development of the Bentara oil field in the Balai Cluster Risk Service Contract (RSC) offshore East Malaysia.

“Approval for the initial phase of the Bentara oil development is a direct outcome of the risk managed and staged pre development approach implemented by BCP [the company set up to operate the project] to appraise and accelerate oil production from the Balai Cluster,” Roc’s CEO Alan Linn said.

“In the process, we have also identified additional potential within the cluster area and will be proposing further study and appraisal activity in support of the next stage of potential development from Bentara and associated fields.”

Phase I of the Bentara development will use the existing platform and two wells, producing from both Bentara-2 and Bentara-3 through the EPV Balai Mutiara vessel.

Production startup is planned to start during second-quarter 2014. The field is expected to