In a statement, Jersey has confirmed that the Transocean Spitsbergen rig has been mobilised for a three well programme under contract with Statoil.
Statoil is the operator of Verbier (Jersey owns 18%) and the drilling of the exploration well is scheduled to start in August.
It is anticipated that Verbier will have a 30-70 day programme and there’s potential for a side-track to be drilled in the well, depending upon results.
Statoil is committed to funding all the well costs, up to US$25mln, and Jersey benefits from a further 10% ‘carry’ from a separate arrangement with CIECO Exploration and Production (its other joint venture partner).
"We are delighted to announce that Statoil has now mobilised the rig, Transocean Spitsbergen, which is currently expected to commence drilling the Verbier prospect during August,” said Andrew Benitz, Jersey chief executive.
“The drilling of a well to test the Verbier prospect is the culmination of a great deal of technical work and operational planning by the Verbier joint venture partnership, and we are grateful for the support received from our shareholders during this time.”