Shell’s 2013 offshore drilling campaign in Alaska has been put in doubt after the firm said the two drillships it is using in the Arctic region are to go to Asia for repairs and upgrades.
Shell said it was still committed to “safely exploring for Alaska’s offshore energy resources” despite a troubled first year in the region. However, the firm said it did know yet which yard in Asia the drillships would be taken to.
One of the drillships, the Kulluk, was damaged after running aground on December 31. The other drillship used for Shell’s Alaska programme, the Noble Discoverer, will also head to Asia to be repaired.