Maersk Drilling are to drill an offshore North Sea wildcat well for, French based oil and gas producer, Total.
Total were awarded the licence back in 2012, and given the go-ahead for the well Monday (21 Dec), by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.
The wildcat well, 1/5-5, will be located approximately 25 miles (40km) north west of the ConocoPhillips Ekofisk platform, near the Norwegian UK maritime boarder.
Maersk Drilling will complete the well, utilising their Maersk Gallant deepwater jackup drilling rig. The offshore driller, capable of operating in water depths up to 410 feet (125m), can drill to a depth of 25,000 feet (7,620 m), and spends most of its time operating in the North Sea.
Total are investing in the oil well, as part of an exploration program of offshore licence blocks; 1/2; 3; 5; 6 and 9/10, under Norwegian licence 618.
The licence is a joint venture between Total Norge (operator) 60%; GDF Suez 20% and Norwegian state owned oil and gas firm Petoro AS 20%.