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Shell makes big discovery in Gulf of Mexico

May 27, 2018
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Shell has announced a large, deep-water, exploration discovery in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico with its Dover well.

The well was drilled in Mississippi Canyon Block 612, located approximately 273 kilometers offshore southeast of New Orleans, in a water depth of 2,280 meters to a total vertical drilling depth of 6,780 meters measured depth.

The Dover discovery is Shell’s sixth in the Norphlet and encountered more than 800 net feet of pay. The discovery is located approximately 13 miles from the Appomattox host and is considered an attractive potential tieback. Shell’s Appomattox host has now arrived on location in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and is expected to start production before the end of 2019.

“Dover showcases our expertise in discovering new, commercial resources in a heartland helping deliver our deep water growth priority,” said Andy Brown, Upstream Director for Royal Dutch Shell. “By focusing on near-field exploration opportunities in the Norphlet, we are adding to our resource base in a prolific basin that will be anchored by the Appomattox development.”

Appomattox host platform is owned by Shell (79 per cent) and Nexen Petroleum Offshore (21 per cent).

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