Alta is in license PL609, 10-20 km (6.2-12.4 mi) northeast of the company’s Gohta field in the southern part of the Sea and around 160 km (9.4 mi) from the Norwegian coastline.
The rig is drilling well 7220/11-2 6.5 km (4 mi) southwest of the Alta discovery well, which was completed last October.
The main aims are to confirm the reservoir model and to demonstrate the presence of hydrocarbon columns and fluid contacts similar to those established in the discovery well.
Planned TD is 2,020 m (6,627 ft) below mean sea level. Drilling is expected to last around 60 days.