PETRONAS makes third hydrocarbon discovery in Suriname’s offshore Block 52

A file photo of Samarang Offshore Complex oil and gas platform, Labuan. — Photo credit: Sangu Nelus

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, May 16: Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) subsidiary, PETRONAS Suriname E&P B.V., has made a third hydrocarbon discovery in Block 52 at the Fusaea-1 exploration well in Suriname’s Block 52, located about 170km offshore and 9km east from Roystonea-1.

In a media release today, PETRONAS said the well was spudded in Feb 2024 and successfully drilled to a total depth of 5,227 metres with zero (0) LTI, encountering several oil and gas-bearing Campanian sandstone reservoir packages.


Further evaluation is being undertaken to determine the full extent of this discovery and its potential for an integrated development with the recent Roystonea-1 and Sloanea-1 discoveries.

PETRONAS’ executive vice president and chief executive officer of Upstream, Datuk Adif Zulfikfli stated that the favourable results attained from the Fusaea-1 exploration well have solidified PETRONAS’ standing in Suriname for material hydrocarbon resource, following the Sloanea-1 and Roystonea-1 discoveries.

PETRONAS vice president of Exploration, Mohd Redhani Abdul Rahman added that the success of Fusaea1 is a testament to the advancements in the company’s geological comprehension of this region, bolstered by recent breakthrough in Roystonea-1 and Sloanea-1.

“These discoveries have significantly expanded the prospectivity and integrated oil and gas development potential within Block 52. In pursuit of sustainable and high-value material resource, PETRONAS remains committed in its exploration activities in selected focus regions as part of its portfolio rationalisation efforts,” he emphasised.

Block 52, which covers an area of 4,749 square kilometres, is located north of the coast of Paramaribo, Suriname’s capital city, within the prospective Suriname-Guyana basin. PETRONAS Suriname E&P is the operator of Block 52 with a 50 per cent participating interest together with ExxonMobil.

In addition to Block 52, PETRONAS Suriname E&P operates Block 48 and Block 63 with 100 per cent participating interest and 30 per cent non-operating interest in Block 64. — DayakDaily