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Shell and its partner Malaysia’s Petronas approved a final investment decision Wednesday to develop the E-6 field in offshore Malaysia.

Shell will operate the field with a 50 percent stake and Petronas will hold the remaining 50 percent stake.

The development concept leverages existing infrastructure by evacuating gas from the E6 to the E8 platform located about 10 miles away and evacuating crude to the D35 platform located 41 miles from E6.

The E6 field is the last field to be developed under the SK 308 production sharing contract.

Three gas fields being jointly developed by the two companies in SK 308 are projected to produce 90 million cubic feet of gas per day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Association.

“The development of the E6 field further strengthens Shell’s position in Malaysia. The E6 field will enable Shell to sustain gas supply to the Malaysia LNG Tiga Plant and produce crude oil concurrently by 2017, ” Shell Malaysia chairman Iain Lo said.

Shell currently holds interests ranging between 20 percent to 85 percent in 19 offshore Malaysia production sharing contracts.