Since the 1980s Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd has actively drilled exploration wells in the Malay Basin with basement rock as one of the secondary objectives. However, most wells were not very successful in testing the hydrocarbon potential in the basement rock. Among some highly debated issues highlighted were the ideal depths of penetration into the basement rock, type of basement play that has been drilled and hydrocarbon charging into the trap. The first discovery of basement play in the basin has undoubtedly proved the hydrocarbon potential in the basin fractured basement play.


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