Lundin Petroleum has commenced drilling at the Tiga Papan 5 well offshore of Sabah, in east Malaysia.

The well, located in blocks SB307 and SB308, will target mid-Miocene aged sands of the Tiga Papan Unit, previously tested in 1982, with the original discovery well that flowed at a cumulative rate of 5,631bopd.

The well will be drilled with the Offshore Courageous rig in a water depth of approximately 50m to a depth of 1,671m subsea.

If the results of the test are encouraging, the company will sidetrack the well into the same fault block as the original discovery well to test the down dip extension of the pay zones.

Lundin Petroleum, through its subsidiary Lundin Malaysia, owns a 42.5% interest in the blocks and partners Petronas Carigali and Nio Petroleum own 25% and 32.5% interests respectively.