Faroe Petroleum confirmed today that drilling has commenced on the Fogelberg prospect (Faroe 15%), located in the Norwegian Sea.
Partners in the well are Centrica Resources Norge AS ("Centrica") (operator 28%), Petro-Canada Norge AS, (30%) E.ON Ruhrgas Norge AS (15%) and North Energy AS (12%). The drilling operation, to be undertaken by the operator Centrica using the West Alpha semisubmersible drilling rig, is expected to take approximately 80 days.
Fogelberg (license PL433) is a substantial oil prospect, located some ten kilometers to the north of the producing Åsgard oil field (Smørbukk deposit). The structure is similar to the recent Statoil operated Morvin oil and gas discovery located 10 kilometers to the south west, which was successfully appraised in 2006 by Statoil and is expected to come on stream towards the end of 2010. The well, 6506/9-2 S, will be drilled in a rotated fault block localized on the Halten terrace north of the producing Åsgard field. Faroe was awarded this license in 2007, as one of its first Norway licenses, and one of several licences identified and won on the basis of Faroe's own original technical work.
Graham Stewart, Chief Executive of Faroe Petroleum, commented, "We explore on a portfolio basis to balance risk and reward in our drilling programme. With the Fogelberg prospect in Norway we are very pleased to have commenced our 2010 program with the first of five scheduled high impact wells. These wells follow our highly successful exploration program which resulted in the significant discoveries of Glenlivet and Tornado in the UK Atlantic margin last autumn. Fogelberg is the first of two wells we have scheduled for the Norwegian Sea this year. The second is the Wintershall operated Maria appraisal well (Faroe 30%) which is expected to commence in the second quarter. The other three 2010 exploration wells will be drilled in the deep water Atlantic margin, where all are operated by major oil companies. These substantial oil prospects are Anne Marie, in the Faroes (operated by Eni), Cardhu, in the UK (operated by BP) and Lagavulin, in the UK (operated by Chevron)."
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