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PETRONAS Awards NBE Cluster PSC to Fuel Long Term Energy Needs

PETRONAS, through Malaysia Petroleum Management (MPM), signed a Small Field Asset (SFA) Production Sharing Contract (PSC) with Vestigo Petroleum Sdn Bhd (Vestigo) for a Discovered Resource Opportunity (DRO) cluster, which was marketed under the Malaysia Bid Round Plus (MBR+).

Situated off the coast of Sabah, the NBE Cluster which consists of Nosong, Bongawan North and Epidot fields, is a predominantly gas discovery cluster. A comparable field is Samarang, a mature field located 25 km south of Nosong that has demonstrated proven production deliverability.

This marks the inaugural award of PSCs in Sabah under the MBR+ promotion. To commemorate this historic event, a signing ceremony was held in conjunction with the Sabah Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition, here, witnessed by Sabah Minister of Finance Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun. PETRONAS was represented by MPM Senior Vice President Datuk Ir. Bacho Pilong while Vestigo was represented by its Chief Executive Officer, Khairul Azhar Abu Bakar.

Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi extended his congratulations to Vestigo on receiving the PSC award and looks forward to the development of the NBE Cluster. “We welcome capable operators like Vestigo to explore, invest, and develop Sabah's oil and gas resources. At the same time, we are committed to fostering the growth of local Oil & Gas Services and Equipment companies in Sabah and encourage collaborations that increase participation of qualified Sabahan companies in the industry,” he said.

Datuk Ir. Bacho Pilong said, “The award of this PSC signifies a successful outcome of the MBR+ cycle which was introduced in October 2023. MBR+ provides an additional avenue for investors to explore and acquire DRO and Late Life Assets (LLA) available in Malaysia beyond the annual MBR by utilizing and assessing information made available through the PETRONAS myPROdata.”

“We continue to collaborate with the Sabah state government in steering a vibrant investment climate and ecosystem, which is essential in supporting Sabah local communities and players to further progress in this industry,” he added.

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