Swedish oil and gas company Lundin Petroleum has temporarily suspended drilling operations at its Albert exploration well, offshore of Norway.

The drilling of exploration well 6201/11-3 located in PL519 has been postponed until August.

"The Bredford Dolphin drilling rig is now moving to a Norwegian shipyard in a bid to complete its five year renewal survey."

The company cited delays in drilling, which led to the temporary suspension of drilling activity at the well, which was previously expected to be completed ahead of the renewal survey.

The Bredford Dolphin drilling rig is now moving to a Norwegian shipyard in a bid to complete its five year renewal survey.

Lundin Petroleum said the main objective of well 6201/11-3 is to test Cretaceous and Triassic age sandstones of a multiple target structure.

Drilling has been stopped above the primary targets at 2,120m, where the 13 3/8 casing has been set; the company had earlier planned to drill the well to a total depth of 3,150m.

Operator Lundin Petroleum owns a 40% stake in PL519, while Bayerngas Norge, the Norwegian Energy Company and Spring Energy Norway own 20% stakes respectively.

The company has proven and probable reserves of 211 million barrels of oil equivalent.