Lundin Norway, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lundin Petroleum, has commenced drilling on appraisal well 16/2-13 in the north-eastern part of the Johan Sverdrup discovery.

The well is located 2.5 km north-east of the discovery well 16/2-6 made in 2010.

The company intends to evaluate top reservoir, reservoir quality and thickness, and oil water contact aspects in this field.

Transocean Arctic, a semi submersible drilling rig will be employed to drill the well a total depth of 2,150m.

Drilling is expected to take approximately 45 days, the company said.

Lundin Petroleum operates licence PL501 with a 40% interest and partners Statoil Petroleum and Maersk Oil Norway own 40% and 20% interests respectively.

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Swedish independent oil and gas exploration and production company Lundin Petroleum has proven and probable reserves of 211m barrels of oil equivalent (Mmboe).