Swedish company Lundin Petroleum has been granted a drilling permit to spud an exploration well on the Jorvik and Tellus East prospects off Norway.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) confirmed Tuesday it had granted the permit to drill the 16/1-31 S well in production licence 338.
The well will be drilled using the semi-submersible Leif Eiriksson once it wraps up drilling of the 7121/1-2 S well on Lundin's Setter-Pointer prospect in the Barents Sea.
The Jorvik and Tellus East prospects lie about four kilometres from the Edvard Grieg platform in the prospective Utsira High area of the central North Sea.
Approval from the NPD do drill the prospects comes after Lundin last week received clearance for the drilling campaign from the Petroleum Safety Authority.
The drilling work will be carried out in a water depth of 111 metres and is due to start in February, with an estimated duration of 83 days.
Lundin operates PL 338 with a 65% interest and is partnered by OMV on 20% and Wintershall with 15%.