Lundin Norway has received approval from Norway's Petroleum Safety Authority for exploration drilling in the Barents Sea.

The company operates production licence 533, which consists of blocks 7219/12 and 7220/10.

Lundin has obtained consent to drill exploration well 7219/12-1 in a prospect called Filicudi.

The drilling site is located 218km north-west of Hammerfest, while water depth is around 320m.

Drilling of the well is set to start early this month and last for 59 days, with an addition for a potential well test.

"Drilling of the well is set to start early this month and last for 59 days."

To drill the well, the company will use the Leiv Eiriksson mobile facility, owned and operated by Ocean Rig.

The BINGO 9000 type facility was built in 2001 and is classified by DNV GL and registered in the Bahamas.

In July 2008, Ocean Rig received acknowledgement of compliance for Leiv Eiriksson from the PSA.

In June this year, Lundin received a permit from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) to drill well 7220/11-3 AR in the Barents Sea.

The well was planned to be drilled from the Leiv Eiriksson drilling facility at position 72°56ft45,94 in north and 22°19ft26,18 in east in production licence 609.

It was planned to be drilled 4km south of the 7220/11-1 discovery well.

NPD said that the drilling programme for well 7220/11-3 AR relates to the deepening of appraisal well 7220/11-3 A.