Lundin Norway is to start drilling an exploration well in the Norwegian North Sea after gaining consent from Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority.
It will use the Bredford Dolphin drilling rig to drill exploration well 16/5-2, part of production licence 501 about 195 miles west of Stavanger.
Drilling is expected to start next month and will take between 39 and 79 days, said the Petroleum Safety Directorate.
Depending on the result, a production test and drilling of a sidetrack may take place.
Exploration drilling will be carried out with the semi-submersible drilling facility Bredford Dolphin, built in 1976, owned by Fred Olsen and operated by Dolphin.
Lundin is operator and 40% owner of the licence alongside partners Statoil Petroleum 40%) and Maersk Oil Norway (20%).