Lundin Petroleum has begun drilling exploration well 3 / 8-1 on the Barchan prospect in the Norwegian North Sea.

The well, which is located in licence PL4100, will target Permian sandstones in a four-way dip and a fault bounded structural closure.

The Barchan prospect is estimated to contain gross unrisked prospective resources of 150 million barrels of oil equivalent.

The well will be drilled to a total depth of 4,000m below sea level and drilling is expected to last for 60 days.

Lundin Petroleum operates PL400 with a 50% interest, Norwegian Energy Company holds 30% and Petoro holds the remaining 20%.