Over the last three decades, the Malaysian exploration industry has matured significantly. Despite its maturity, new plays continued to be evolved and enable PETRONAS to play its role in support of the government policies which aim to reduce dependency on oil as the main energy source. Recent discovery of a shallow gas accumulation in what was once considered a shallow drilling hazard to be avoided, has now become a new play promising substantial commercial gas resources. DS-1 has proven to be the largest shallow gas fields tested to-date, producing gas at a depth as shallow as 512m MDDF. In addition several untested reservoirs, some of which yielded gas on MDTs were encountered. The shallowest interpreted gas reservoir occurred at a depth of 404 m MDDF. The discovery at DS-1 has given impetus and forced a relook at a forgotten play in Malaysia gas exploration history. The success had changed the overall exploration strategy in PETRONAS and subsequently enhances PETRONAS resources in meeting the demand of gas in Peninsular Malaysia.


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