Rockhopper Exploration said it has started drilling its Ernest 26 / 6-1 exploration well offshore Falkland Islands.

The Ernest well, which is located on production licence PL024 in the North Falkland Basin, is expected to be drilled up to 2,400m.

Drilling operations are expected to take 30 days, Rockhopper said.

The Ernest well is the fourth well in a multi-well drilling programme by Desire Petroleum, Rockhopper and Falkland Oil & Gas.