Equinor has spudded a well on its Tiger Lily prospect, making the Norwegian player the first company to carry out exploration drilling in the UK North Sea this year.

The 16/2a-6 probe, located in the East Shetland Platform, is being drilled by the Seadrill semi-submersible rig West Hercules.

According to UK Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) data, the well was spudded on 18 June.

The Norwegian state-controlled company holds a 50% interest in the prospect with BP holding the non-operating 50% stake.