Drill They Can, Find They Will: Faroe Begins Drilling Yoda in N. Sea

Faroe Petroleum, the independent oil and gas company focusing principally on exploration, appraisal and development in the Atlantic Margin, the North Sea and Norway, reported that drilling has commenced on Norwegian Licence PL271 of which Faroe has a 15% interest.

The Yoda target is an attractive oil prospect located in the Norwegian Southern North Sea. The Yoda prospect is a four-way dip closure within the Upper Jurassic Ula sandstone interpod play, proven by a number of producing fields in the area (e.g. Ula, Gyda, Rev).

The Yoda Prospect is being drilled by joint venture partner and operator, StatoilHydro using the Maersk Giant rig. The drilling and contingent testing operations are expected to take approximately 73 days. In addition to the Yoda prospect, there is significant additional upside potential in the licences. The nearby Vader and Agira prospects are two further Upper Jurassic prospects, and a successful exploration well in Yoda will significantly de-risk this additional exploration potential. Licences PL271 and PL302 are located close to infrastructure both on the Norwegian and UK side of the border.

Graham Stewart, Chief Executive of Faroe Petroleum, commented, "We are very pleased to report the commencement of drilling on the Yoda prospect; this is directly in line with the Company's stated strategic objectives of building a strong portfolio of licenses in Norway and participating in high potential exploration wells.

"We look forward to updating the market as to Yoda's progress in due course."