Lundin Norway, a subsidiary of Lundin Petroleum, has secured the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway's approval to begin exploration drilling of well 16/1-24, located in the Gemini prospect of the North Sea.

The drilling program, which will be performed for approximately six weeks if no discovery is made, is due to begin this month and in the event of a discovery, a sidetrack is planned to be drilled and the well will be production-tested.

The company, which operates production license PL 338 in block 16/1 of the central North Sea, will also drill a sidetrack if there is discovery success and the well will be production-tested.

For well-drilling at the site, which has a water depth of 135m, the Island Innovator mobile drilling facility will be used.

The company has around 60 licenses currently, of which half are operatorships and aims to explore, develop and produce hydrocarbons, primarily focused on oil, on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, in collaboration with licence partners and authorities.

Lundin Norway is also operating and developing the Brynhild and Edvard Grieg fields and evaluating and maturing its major oil discovery, Johan Sverdrup.