UK-focused Azinor Catalyst has launched a tendering process as it prepares to drill a well on the Partridge prospect in the North Sea later this year.

Azinor revealed Thursday it had started the tendering process to carry out a site survey at its wholly-owned blocks 14/11, 14/12 and 14/16 within the Jura sub-basin.

The blocks contain the Partridge prospect, which is a large structurally-controlled stratigraphic trap comprising deep-water mass flow sands of the Lower Cretaceous Scapa formation and has an associated direct hydrocarbon indicator.