French supermajor TotalEnergies is preparing to spud the Benriach offshore exploration well in the Greater Laggan Area in the UK’s West of Shetlands play.

Joint-venture partner Kistos said the well has been sanctioned, a rig charter is signed and drilling will begin in the second quarter of this year.

Kistos said the probe is targeting a recoverable resource of 638 billion cubic feet of gas on a gross basis, with the well forecast to cost £65 million ($20 million) net to Kistos’ 25% interest.