Norway’s offshore oil safety body has given Italian firm Eni permission to drill an exploration well in the Barents Sea.
Eni’s Norwegian subsidiary is the operator for production licence 716, where the well is located.
The well is about 320 kilometres north-west of Hammerfest.
The drilling campaign is expected to last about 55 days.
The Scarabeo 8 rig, owned and operated by Saipem, will drill the well.