Lundin Petroleum, through its subsidiary Lundin Norway, has won the Barents Sea-located PL609 exploration license interest in the 21st Norwegian Licensing Round.

PL609 covers an area of 1,180sq km, and is located immediately east of license PL532 where Statoil recently made a significant oil discovery on the Skrugard prospect (7220/8-1).

Lundin Norway will be the operator of PL609 with 40% interest.

The partnership comprises RWE Dea and Idemitsu Petroleum, each with 30% interest.

Lundin Norway has a strong acreage position in the area with four operated licenses and one partner-operated license in addition to the new award, according to the company.

Lundin Norway will drill a well on the Skalle prospect, well 7120/3-2, scheduled to be spudded in the second quarter 2011.