Swedish oil and gas firm Lundin Petroleum has commenced drilling activities in Malaysia with the spud of the Tarap-1 well in the SB 303 Block offshore Sabah.

The well, which targets Miocene sandstones in the Kindu sub basin, is being drilled with the Offshore Courageous rig in a water depth of about 70m.

Tarap-1 will be a deviated well, directionally drilled to intersect a series of stacked seismic anomalies, with a planned total depth of 2,140m subsea.

Lundin Petroleum holds a 75% interest in the SB303 block, while Petronas Carigali holds the remaining interest.

Tarap-1 is the first of a five-well program planned in 2011 by Lundin Petroleum in its Malaysian blocks.

The company, through its Malaysian subsidiary, operates five blocks in the country, namely PM308A, PM308B, SB303, SB307 and SB308.