Lundin Malaysia, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Lundin Petroleum, has started drilling the Selada-1 exploration well in block PM308A, offshore Malaysia.

Located 14km to the south of the Bertam field operated by Lundin Malaysia, the well will target hydrocarbons in Miocene aged sands.

Lundin Malaysia will use the West Prospero jack-up rig to drill the Selada-1 exploration well to a total depth of about 1,700m below mean sea level.

"Lundin Malaysia will use the West Prospero jack-up rig to drill the Selada-1 exploration well."

According to the company, the drilling will take around 30 days.

Lundin Malaysia operates the PM308A block, holding a 75% working interest, with Petronas Carigali holding a 25% interest.

The company operates seven blocks, namely PM307, PM319, PM308A, PM308B, PM328, SB303, and SB307/308 in Malaysia.

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In October, Lundin Malaysia discovered gas in the Mengkuang-1 exploration well, in licence PM307, offshore Malaysia.

The well, which was drilled with the West Prospero jack-up rig to a total depth of 1,259m, targeted hydrocarbons in Miocene aged sands, 75km to the northwest of the Lundin Malaysia-operated Bertam field.

The company holds a 75% working interest in PM307, with Petronas holding 25%.

Lundin Petroleum has 515 million barrels of oil equivalent in respect of the Johan Sverdrup field as on 11 August.