In an environmental statement, the company said the semisubmersibleWest Hercules will drill well 208/2-A in block 208/2 in a water depth of roughly 1,444 m (4,737 ft) in the Faroe-Shetland Channel.
The goals are to determine the presence, depths, and thickness of any sands in the Balder-Flett formation and to establish hydrocarbon saturations within any Balder-Flett formation sands encountered.
SPE anticipates gas, with the potential for a small amount of condensate to be present.
Operations will likely start at the end of May. The proposed program comprises a vertical exploration well, to be drilled in four sections of successively smaller diameters to a TD of 2,666 m (8,746 ft) subsurface.
On reaching TD, and if initial results are positive, measurements may include a vertical seismic profile survey and a conventional well test.
Once drilling and testing have finished, the well will be permanently P&A’d.