Rockhopper Exploration has begun drilling exploration well 14 / 10-7 to further test the Sea Lion oil discovery in the North Falkland Basin.

The well is located 3.3km from the original Sea Lion discovery 14 / 10-2 and will be tested for the presence of hydrocarbons towards the northern limit of the Sea Lion Main Complex, within an area of relatively low amplitudes.

The company said the reservoir is expected to be thinner than the one encountered in the 14 / 10-2 discovery well.

Licence PL302, where the licence is located, is wholly owned by Rockhopper Exploration and drilling operations are expected to take approximately 32 days.