The explorer confirmed the completion of a snow road and said that rig construction is now underway.
Spudding is on track to take place in ‘mid to late February’.
“It is now full steam ahead with operations prior to the scheduled spud of the first well, Merlin-1, at Project Peregrine in six to eight weeks,” said Dave Wall, managing director of 88 Energy in a statement.
“Whilst the Peregrine drilling forms the focus, there is plenty of activity on other fronts that we look forward to providing updates on throughout the course of 2021."
At the same time, industry attention is on neighbouring acreage where drilling is slated for this month - Otto Energy Limited (ASX:OEL) and partner Pantheon Resources PLC (LON:PANR) (OTCMKTS:PTHRF) are drilling the Talitha-A well which is testing a billion barrel prospect.
88 Energy is, at the same time, exploring commercialisation options for the gas discovered previously at Project Icewine.