- Faroe Petroleum has announced the commencement of the Iris/Hades (Aerosmith) exploration well, 6506/11-10 in licence PL644/PL644B in the Norwegian Sea. The well is located in the Halten Terrace some 200 kilometres offshore and adjacent to the producing Morvin and Aasgard fields, operated by licence partner Statoil.

The well will target two formations, one in the Cretaceous and the other in the Jurassic.

The Cretaceous Hades prospect is a closure on the flank of the Sklinna Ridge, with the Jurassic Iris prospect located directly underneath, within a rotated fault block. Licence PL644 and PL644B (Faroe 20%) were awarded in February 2012 and are operated by OMV (30%) with partners Statoil (30%) and Centrica (20%).

Faroe said the semi-submersible drilling rig, Deepsea Bergen, would be used for the drilling operations and results would be announced when operations had been completed, which was estimated to take approximately 90 days.

Chief executive Graham Stewart said: 'We are pleased to have spudded this well; not only is it good to end the year with another high impact exploration well but it is also good to be drilling a prospect which has been part of our portfolio for a number of years and which is located in an area we know very well and have had significant success in.

'The Iris/Hades (Aerosmith) well marks the end to our 2017 exploration drilling programme, which has continued to deliver value and an industry leading success rate of over 30% due to the diligence and hard work of our in-house technical teams.

'We end 2017 in a great position, with a pipeline of high quality, world class development projects, to grow materially our production and with a very strong balance sheet, which we recently further strengthened with the successful issue of a $100m unsecured bond.

'I look forward to updating the market on Faroe's progress in early 2018.'

At 8:16am: [LON:FPM] Faroe Petroleum PLC share price was -0.25p at 100.75p

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