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Malaysia Malay exploration basin

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Report summary

The Malay Basin is a major sedimentary depocentre located off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Recent exploration has focused on mature shelf areas where geology is well understood. Low-risk, infrastructure-led drilling programmes are prevalent, underpinning high success rates. Average discovery sizes are typically < 10 mmboe. Nearly all discovered gas is sold into the domestic market, where PETRONAS controls a monopoly on the purchase of gas, keeping prices low. Despite this, future oil and gas discoveries can leverage existing infrastructure for low cost development solutions (including ERD and sub-sea tieback) to create value. This Exploration Basin report provides a detailed analysis of exploration performance and future potential, including location maps and details on costs, licensing and fiscal terms. We model prospect and play economics and forecast yet-to-find volume. This report is accompanied by excel downloads which detail costs, volumes and value.

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This report includes 31 images and tables including:


  • Value creation versus investment (TYP period)
  • Value creation versus investment (outlook)
  • Exploration wells by play
  • Licensed exploration acreage
  • Expiry forecast of current licences
  • Exploration and appraisal spend
  • Commerciality index
  • Drilling activity by well type
  • Discoveries and success rate
  • Oligocene-Miocene oil & gas
  • Late Miocene gas
  • TYP value creation, spend and volume discovered
  • Outlook value creation, spend and YTF volume
  • Unit value of potential discoveries
  • Prospect breakeven prices
  • Unit value of potential discoveries
  • Prospect breakeven prices


  • Key play data
  • Assumptions
  • Price assumptions
  • Key play characteristics
  • Summary of discovery and development costs
  • Top discoveries (TYP period)
  • Reserves and resources: Table 2
  • Reserves and resources: Table 3
  • Development: Table 1
  • Development: Table 2
  • Typical fiscal terms
  • Economic analysis: Table 1
  • Economic analysis: Table 2
  • Full cycle economic analysis

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