Lundin Petroleum report 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.