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Royal Dutch Shell has announced it made a natural gas discovery in the Rosmari-1 well offshore Malaysia.

The well was drilled 135 km off Malaysia’s coast in Block SK318.

The well was drilled to a depth of 2,123 m, and encountered a 450-m gas column.

According to the company, the discovery is a positive indicator of the gas potential in an area.

“This adds to Shell’s sequence of recent exploration successes in Malaysia, with these discoveries expanding the company’s heartlands positions,” said Iain Lo, Shell Malaysia chairman.

Shell holds an 85 percent interst in Block SK318 and is the operator.  Malaysia’s Petronas holds the remaining interest.