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Santos bags 20 per cent interest in Malaysia deepwater block

30th January 2015

Inpex Corporation has announced that through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Inpex Offshore South West Sabah, Ltd., it has reached an agreement to transfer 10 per cent of its participating interest in the Deepwater Block R to Santos Sabah Block R Limited

Inpex Corporation has announced that through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Inpex Offshore South West Sabah, Ltd., it has reached an agreement to transfer 10 per cent of its participating interest in the Deepwater Block R to Santos Sabah Block R Limited
The block is located in offshore East Malaysia covers an area of 672 square kilometres with a water depth ranging from 100m to 1,400 metres

Santos Sabah Block R Limited also separately agreed to acquire a 10 per cent participating interest in the block from JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration (Deepwater Sabah), Limited (JX), bringing its total participating interest in the block to 20 per cent upon fulfilment of due procedures.

Inpex Offshore South West Sabah currently owns a 37.5 per cent participating interest (inclusive of the portion to be transferred to Santos Sabah Block R Limited) in the block, where it conducts exploration activities alongside operator JX and Petronas.

The block is located in offshore East Malaysia covers an area of 672 square kilometres with a water depth ranging from 100m to 1,400 metres. The block lies in the area where large reserves of oil and natural gas, such as the Kikeh and the Gumusut-Kakap oil fields were discovered. The block also is situated in the vicinity of Deepwater Block S, where Inpex Offshore North West Sabah conducts exploration activities as operator, and transferred a portion of its participating interest to Santos Sabah Block S Limited, a subsidiary of Santos, as announced on September 1 last year.

After the acquisition of the block in January 2012, a three-dimensional seismic survey and geological and geophysical studies have been conducted. Based on the result of the studies, the drilling of a total of three wildcat wells is planned beginning in 2015 in search of oil and natural gas deposits.

Inpex and Santos are jointly engaged in many oil and gas exploration and production activities such as the Bayu-Undan Project in the Joint Petroleum Development Area between Australia and East Timor, and several exploration permits adjacent to the Ichthys LNG project in the north-western Australia.

This agreement with Santos regarding the block is expected to further strengthen the relationship between the two companies. Santos conducts oil and gas exploration and production activities mainly in the Asian and Oceania regions and has extensive business experience in Australia.

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