Norwegian oil major Equinor has received consent from the offshore safety body, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), for exploration drilling in the Barents Sea using the West Hercules drilling rig.
The well, named 7132/2-2, is located in production license 857 in the Barents Sea where Equinor is the operator. Equinor holds 40 percent ownership interest while the remaining interest is owned by Aker BP, Lundin, and Petoro with a 20 percent stake each.
The offshore safety body said that the drilling program planned to investigate a prospect named Gjøkåsen Deep in a water depth of 304 meters.
The well will be drilled by the West Hercules a semi-submersible drilling rig. The rig is of a GVA 7500 type operated by North Atlantic Drilling.
It was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in December 2012.
The well was originally scheduled for August and would be the first well drilled in the license.