Lundin Norway, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lundin Petroleum, has started drilling of appraisal well 16/2-21 in the North Sea sector of the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS).

Located in the PL501 license, in the central part of the Johan Sverdrup discovery, the well has been drilled to determine the depth, quality and thickness of the Jurassic reservoir sequences.

Lundin said the closest well, 16/2-7, is located about 2.5km to the east, while well 16/5-2S is located 3.8km to the south.

The company said the relatively large distances to the closest wells in this central area of Johan Sverdrup reflects the size of the discovery.

Lundin will drill well 16/2-21 as the first of a three-well appraisal drilling campaign at Johan Sverdrup, in PL501, in 2013.

During the drilling, well 16/2-21 is anticipated to improve the knowledge of the field outline, the resource base and the reservoir characteristics in the area.

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The results from the proposed drilling are expected to provide important information for developing a drainage strategy and for taking upcoming field development decisions at Johan Sverdrup, which is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2013.

The well will be drilled using the semi-submersible drilling rig Bredford Dolphin to a planned total depth of about 2,050 metres below mean sea level in around 50 days.

Lundin Petroleum is the operator of PL501 license with 40% interest, while other partners Statoil Petroleum and Mærsk Oil Norway hold 40% and 20% interest, respectively.

The Johan Sverdrup discovery is expected to produce 120,000 to 200,000 barrels of oil each day and is anticipated to account for more than half of Norway’s oil production by 2040. First production from the field is expected in late 2017 and expected to last for nearly 50 years.

Image: Johan Sverdrup field, North Sea, Norway.