Tullow Oil is set to kick off a new North Sea wildcat off Norway shortly after gaining the final safety clearance for the probe at the Lupus prospect.
The 31/10-1 well, targeting net mean resources of 167 million barrels, will be the first to be drilled in Tullow-operated production licence 507 and the third of an ongoing campaign by the UK explorer in the mature province.
Tullow will use semi-submersible Borgland Dolphin for the probe once it has completed drilling of an ongoing well at the Gotama prospect in nearby PL550, having previously come up dry with a wildcat at Mantra.
Lupus will be drilled in a water depth of about 121 metres at a location 36 kilometres south of Oseberg South and is set to kick off in late May or early June, with an estimated duration of 39 days.
Tullow holds a 70% operating stake in the licence, with partners Explora Petroleum and Ithaca Energy on 20% and 10% respectively.