Statoil has been given consent to drill an appraisal well at Johan Sverdrup.
The Norwegian operator was given the green light by the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA).
The consent is for exploration well 16/2-22 and also applies to a possible sidetrack from this well.
Drilling is scheduled to begin next month and will last 30 days.
The well will be drilled using the Deepsea Atlantic mobile facility which is operated by Odfjell Drilling.