Cnooc Petroleum Europe has confirmed plans to spud two wells in the west of Shetland this summer.
The firm said it will drill an appraisal well at its Cragganmore discovery and a exploration well at its Howick prospect.
Cnooc Petroleum Europe, formerly Nexen UK, revealed it will use Island Drilling Company AS’ Island Innovator to drill the Howick prospect in block 206/01.
Howick, which is 100% owned and operated by Cnooc, is expected to take up to 49 days to drill.
The firm will use Diamond Offshore’s Ocean GreatWhite rig to undertake drilling work at the Cragganmore discovery, block 208/17a, which should take in the region of 80 days.
Cnooc Petroleum Europe holds a 70% interest in Cragganmore, with Inoes holding 30%.