OSLO -- The Mærsk Inspirer has spudded the exploration well 15/9-F-15 S on the Volve South prospect at the Volve field on the Norwegian continental shelf, according to StatoilHydro.
The exploration well will be drilled as a deviated well. The company plans to re-use the top-hole section of the well for a Volve production well scheduled for next year. The planned total depth of the exploration well is approximately 3,100 m (10,171 ft). Results from the drilling are expected by year end, the company says.