The latest-generation rig will be used for the endeavour, according to PGNiG’s CEO Piotr Woźniak, who said they would be able to bore down as far as two kilometres per day into the Shrek well.
Mr Woźniak also announced PGNiG's plans to apply for more gas prospecting licences in the Norwegian Sea and said the company will carry out 15 gas drilling projects in Poland by the end of the year.
Poland has given notice that it will not renew its 10 year agreement with Russia, which expires in 2022. In conversation with PolandIN earlier this year the PGNiG CEO pointed to the greater reliability of North Sea partners as a reason for their strategy to diversify supply.
As well as drilling in North Sea fields under licence from Norway, Poland has begun to import liquid natural gas (LNG) from Qatar and the US.
On 14 August Gas System, the company responsible for building the Baltic Pipe, which will link Poland’s gas network with the Norwegian fields via Denmark, signed its first engineering supply contract. The deal with American company SolarTurbines is thought to be worth over PLN 550 mln (EUR 130 mln)