Located in block 6405/7, allocated in May 2002 as part of Norway's 17th offshore licensing round, it lies 60 kilometers north of Norsk Hydro's Ormen Lange development.
"We're looking for gas in this well," explains Kent Hψgseth, exploration manager for the deepwater part of the Norwegian Sea.
He adds that the wildcat is being drilled in a little-explored part of the continental shelf, and that the prospects of making a find are therefore a little uncertain.
The well is expected to take 2.5 months to complete.
Statoil is the operator and has a 30 percent interest in production license 281, with ConocoPhillips holding 10 percent and Norske Shell, BP and Petoro each hold 20 percent.
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