Light clay deposits to a depth of 30 metres have prevented the company using either a jack-up or floating rig in order to drill for gas. Triton expects the results of its latest tests back in early October. It then plans to bring in a drilling rig being used by Australia’s Novus Petroleumin the adjacent Block-17.

Triton – part of Atlantis Norway– has until December, when its exploration and production sharing agreement expires, to find gas. France’s Compagnie Generale de Geophysique (CGG) is carrying out the survey work in the concession for Triton (Oil & Gas, MEED Special Report, 26:7:02, pages 33-34).