Lundin Petroleum has annuonced that it has started drilling of exploration well 16/1-17 in PL338, to target the Jorvik prospect, east of the Edvard Grieg field in the North Sea, offshore Norway.

The company will drill the well to identify the presence of oil-bearing sandstones and conglomerates in a separate basin, directly east of Edvard Grieg.

It is estimated that the Jorvik prospect includes unrisked, gross, prospective resources of 46 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMboe).

Lundin will deploy the semi-submersible drilling rig Transocean Winner to drill the well to a planned total depth of 2,075 metres below mean sea level.

The company is expected to complete the drilling after about 50 days.

Lundin Petroleum is the operator of PL338 and holds 50% working interest, while other partners involved include Wintershall Norge and OMV (Norge), each holding 30% and 20% interest respectively.

On 7 January 2013, Lundin Petroleum said that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Lundin Norway, has drilled appraisal well 16/3-5 in PL501 on the Johan Sverdrup discovery in the North Sea.

The well, which is part of the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS), is located in the south-eastern part of the Johan Sverdrup discovery.

In December 2012, Lundin Norway completed the drilling of appraisal well 16/2-16 on the north-eastern flank of the Johan Sverdrup discovery, located about three kilometres away from discovery wells 16/2-6 and 16/2-13A, in PL501 and 16/2-10 in PL265.

Image: Johan Sverdrup Field, North Sea, Norway.