Oil and gas exploration and production firm Northern Petroleum has commenced a winter drill program on well 102/11-30 in Canada.

The well 102/11-30 is focused a different reef to those earlier drilled by the company and the results are planned in early February 2015.

The high-rate well drilled in 2014 came online towards the end of December and the production of the field exceeded 500 barrels per day on 27 December.

From the starting of February, production range is estimated to be 400 bopd to 550 bopd, subject to a final review of the tie-in of other wells and excluding any contribution from 102/11-30.

Northern Petroleum chief executive officer Keith Bush said: "A thorough technical review of the lessons learned from our 2014 drilling programme has indicated that our current well model assumptions may be conservative with regard to the initial production rate and ultimate recovery from future wells.

"The well currently being drilled will test our revised subsurface concept and, if successful, has the potential to improve the redevelopment plan for the Virgo project, such that fewer wells than previously forecast will be required to achieve our initial recovery target of five million barrels of oil, significantly reducing the capital cost of the redevelopment."