The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Lundin Norway AS a drilling permit for a wildcat well around three kilometres west of the Edvard Grieg platform.
The Island Innovator drilling facility is to carry out the appraisal work on a a southwesterly extension of the central North Sea field.
Lundin Norway AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 65 per cent. The other licensees are OMV (Norge) AS with 20 per cent, and Wintershall Norge AS with 15 per cent.
This is the 11th exploration well to be drilled in the licence area and the 8th exploration well on the Edvard Grieg field.