Lundin Norway has started appraisal drilling at both the North Sea's Edvard Grieg field and the Gohta discovery in the southern Barents Sea. 

The Norwegian division of Lundin Petroleum has used the semi-submersible drilling rig Island Innovator to drill the appraisal well 16/1-27 in PL338 at the south-west flank of the Edvard Grieg field.

Last year, a larger oil column was proven in the north-west flank of the Edvard Grieg field. which increased the 2016 year-end reserves. In addition, further resource potential has been identified in the field's south-west flank.

Drilled 3km west of the Edvard Grieg platform, the well will target additional gross resources of up to 30Mboe. Drilling is expected to take approximately 30 days to complete.

"Drilled 3km west of the Edvard Grieg platform, the well will target additional gross resources of up to 30 million boe."

Appraisal well 7120/1-5 in PL492 is situated on the Gohta discovery and being drilled by the semi-submersible rig Leiv Eiriksson. The well was spud nearly 4km north of the original 7120/1-3 discovery.

The main objective of drilling this second appraisal well at the Gohta discovery is to delineate its north-east extent. The well is also expected to provide a calibration point for drilling a horizontal well for a possible extended test. This drilling campaign is expected to take around 75 days.

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Lundin Norway holds the operatorship of both the licences, with 65% and 40% interests in PL338 and PL492 respectively.