Total E&P UK said today that drilling had started on the Glendronach exploration well, west of Shetland.
Glendronach lies less than one mile from the company’s Edradour field.
The well is being drilled from the Edradour subsea manifold.
The Stena Don semi-submersible spudded the well on Sunday.
The company, which recently acquired Maersk Oil, is also celebrating that award of eight licences in the most recent North Sea bidding round.
Total was awarded five licenses west of Shetland, three of which are close to its Laggan-Tormore gas infrastructure and two next to the Tobermory prospect.
There were further license awards in the Central Graben area and in the northern North Sea.
Total E&P UK managing director Jean-Luc Guiziou said the North Sea played a “vital role” in firm’s strategy.
He said: “We are pleased to have been successful in capturing eight licenses in the UK 30th round which will enhance our exploration portfolio and drilling plans as a key part of our UKCS strategy in west of Shetland, northern North Sea and Central Graben.
“Total remains strongly committed to the UK. These new licenses give us the opportunity to explore further and find new opportunities for low-cost developments in core areas.”