Exploration-production activity in the diverse Asia-Pacific region appears set for a surge. The area's main traditional producers, Indonesia and Malaysia, have taken steps recently to encourage exploration and production. And countries with little or no drilling in the past have begun to make acreage available to international companies. In an overview of regional drilling, James G. Ross of the U.K. firm Gaffney, Cline & Associates Ltd. points to activity boosts likely from large tracts released recently in sparsely explored parts of Indochina and to increases in the number of operators in traditional drilling provinces such as Mala...

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