Lundin Petroleum said Thursday that drilling of exploration well 2/8-18S in PL440S has commenced. The well will target the Clapton prospect, which is situated 10 km north of the Valhall Field, offshore Norway. The main objective of well 2/8-18S is to test the hydrocarbon potential in the Ekofisk, Tor and Hod formations.
Lundin Petroleum estimates the Clapton prospect to contain unrisked, gross, prospective resources of 65 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMboe).
The planned total depth is 2,718 meters below mean sea level and the well will be drilled using the jackup drilling rig Maersk Guardian. Drilling is expected to take approximately 60 days.
Lundin Petroleum is a partner in PL440S with 18 percent interest. The Operator is Faroe Petroleum with 40 percent. The other partners are Dana (20%), Noreco (12%) and Det norske (10%).