Lundin Petroleum has started drilling exploration well 16/1-24, located in the Gemini prospect of the North Sea.
The well is located in PL338C south-west of the Edvard Grieg field, offshore Norway.
It will test the reservoir properties and hydrocarbon potential of Lower Paleocene aged sandstones of the Ty Formation.
The Gemini prospect is estimated to contain unrisked, gross prospective resources of 93 million barrels of oil equivalent (Mmboe).
The Island Innovator semi-submersible drilling rig will be used to drill the well to a planned total depth of 2,192m below mean sea level.
Lundin Petroleum operates PL338C with a 80% working interest. OMV Norge holds the remaining 20% stake.
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The Edvard Grieg field will be developed with a steel platform resting on the seabed, with production start-up expected later this year.
Lundin Norway, which is a subsidiary of Lundin Petroleum, currently has around 60 licences, which half are operatorships.
The company intends to explore, develop and produce hydrocarbons, primarily focused on oil, on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, in collaboration with licence partners and authorities.
Lundin Norway is operating and developing the Brynhild and Edvard Grieg fields and evaluating and maturing its major oil discovery, Johan Sverdrup.
The company recently began drilling of the 26/10-1 exploration well in the Zulu prospect of the North Sea.
Image: The 16/1-24 well is located in PL338C south-west of the Edvard Grieg field, offshore Norway. Photo: courtesy of njaj/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.