Equinor is drilling ahead on its Sitka exploration well offshore Newfoundland & Labrador offshore Canada having just completed an appraisal well on its earlier Cambriol oil discovery.

The two-well campaign in the Flemish Pass basin aims to prove up additional resources that can be developed as subsea tie-backs to the operator’s planned Bay du Nord project.

Seadrill’s semi-submersible rig West Hercules spudded the Sitka O-02 well on 26 July, two days after abandoning the Cambriol J-31A delineation well in 452 metres of water.