This article was updated Aug. 27 with comments from Shell.
Royal Dutch Shell PLC has made another natural gas discovery on Block SK318 offshore Malaysia with the deepwater Marjoram-1 well, which was drilled in 800 m of water 180 km offshore.
Shell earlier this year announced the Rosmari-1 gas discovery, which was also drilled on Block SK218 (OGJ Online, Apr. 17, 2014). That well was drilled to 2,123 m total depth and encountered a 450-m gas column. Shell said at the time that the discovery was “a positive indicator of the gas potential in the area.”
Although Shell did not provide an estimate of the size of the Marjoram discovery, a Shell spokesperson told OGJ, "The Rosmari-1 and Marjoram-1 wells combined account for over 200 million boe."
Shell operates Block SK318 with 85% interest. Petronas Carigali Sdn. Bhd. holds the remaining interest.