Fircroft: Shell makes large discovery in Gulf of Mexico

Shell's Dover discovery was drilled by the Deepwater Posiedon.

(Shell’s Dover discovery was drilled by the Deepwater Poseidon. Image via Shell).


Shell has this week announced the discovery of a large deep-water well in the Norphlet geological play in the US Gulf of Mexico.

The Dover discovery is Shell’s sixth in the Norphlet and 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 US Gulf of Mexico and is expected to start production before the end of 2019.

Commenting on the discovery, Andy Brown, Upstream Director for Shell, said:

“Dover showcases our expertise in discovering new, commercial resources in a heartland helping deliver our deep-water growth priority. 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.”

Shell’s major, deep-water hubs are well positioned for production expansion through near-field exploration and additional subsea tiebacks. The company expects its global, deep-water production to exceed 900,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day by 2020, from already discovered, established areas.


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