Statoil has received consent from the Norwegian offshore safety authority to drill an exploration well in the Norwegian Sea.
The well is to be drilled in a prospect named Carmen in block 6507/8 at Haltenbanken.
The site is 220 kilometres west of Brønnøysund and 10 kilometres north-east of Heidrun.
The plans allow for an 800 metre pilot well to be drilled,to test for shallow gas in the area.
The drilling is estimated to last 18 days and will begin in mid-June.
Deepsea Bergen, which is a semi-submersible drilling facility of the Aker H-3.2 type, will be used to drill the well.