A pair of semi-submersible rigs are earmarked by Equinor and Lundin Energy for drilling of wildcats off Norway after securing permits from authorities, even as activity continues to wane in the wider global rig market amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Equinor is poised to drill the 7018/5-1 well at the Spissa prospect in the Barents Sea later this year using Seadrill-owned rig West Hercules after earlier sinking a pilot hole.

The main probe will be drilled in a water depth of 304 metres in production licence 960, with a most likely spud date of this autumn, to target oil in a Jurassic-aged reservoir and also investigate a deeper-lying Triassic structure.