In 2014, Vermilion participated in the drilling of the Deblinghausen Z7a natural gas well and in 2015 we participated in the drilling of the Burgmoor Z3a natural gas well. Vermilion holds a 25% working interest in both wells.
In the near term, Vermilion will continue to evaluate and prioritize the exploration opportunities available on our land base. As we complete these assessments, we will present exploration activity plans to partners, authorities as well as public and community stakeholders. These plans will reflect our efforts to minimize the environmental and social impact of our activities. As environmental impact assessments are a critical element of the acceptance and permitting process, Vermilion will ensure that they are conducted in the most rigorous manner feasible.
We expect to commence operated drilling operations in 2018, after necessary approvals and permits are received and consultations have been conducted.