Encore Oil has begun drilling the Varadero exploration well 28 / 9-2 on block 28 / 9 in Central North Sea.

The EnCore-operated well is being drilled using the Transocean Galaxy II jack-up rig, and is being managed by Applied Drilling Technology International (ADTI).

The well aims to establish the presence of hydrocarbons in the Tay sands at an estimated depth of about 4,125ft Total Vertical Depth Sub Sea.

The well is expected to take about 20 days to spud.

Encore holds 15% in the licence and other partners include Premier Oil, Wintershall, Nautical Petroleum and Agora Oil & Gas.