INPEX Corp., Tokyo, will drill an exploratory well next year in the Korea Strait offshore southern Japan.
Commissioned by the Agency of Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE) of the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry, the operator will drill the well in 210 m of water 130 km off Shimane Prefecture, about halfway between Tsushima and Oki Island.
INPEX expects drilling to begin in May and be complete in August.
The well is part of an ANRE program called Heisei 26-28 Domestic Offshore Drilling Program in Japan.
The Japanese government conducted a geophysical survey over the area in 2011, and INPEX conducted a 3D geophysical survey in 2013 based on the earlier project.