Located onshore in Alaska, 40km southwest of Prudhoe Bay, the blocks cover an area of approximately 2,000sqkm.

The exploration campaign is under way with three wells planned for this drilling season, and additional exploration wells planned for next winter’s season as well.

Total said that it will work closely with the operator to protect the Alaskan environment. A wide range of measures are implemented to preserve the soil, air, water and wildlife, the company said.

This acquisition illustrates the group’s desire to pursue its growth strategy in exploration areas with high potential, said Total.