Equinor is to drill a pair of crucial exploration wells offshore Canada in mid-2022 as part of a campaign to beef up resources at its ambitious Bay du Nord oil project in Newfoundland & Labrador.

Seadrill’s West Hercules semi-submersible — which Equinor also used on a 2014 campaign in Newfoundland — has secured approvals from the Canadian authorities to operate in the Flemish Pass between 1 April and 30 September this year.