Shell has made a major gas find offshore Gabon in West Africa.
The industry major, which has been operating in the country for half a century, said the discovery proved the firm’s pursuit of new plays in the area was a strong move.
The Leopard-1 well encountered around 200 metres net gas play in the pre-salt reservoir, which acts as a seal for trapped hydrocarbons. The well, which is located 145km off the Gabonese coast, was drilled to a total vertical depth of 5,063m.
Shell upstream director Andy Brown said: “Shell has been exploring in Gabon for over 50 years. This latest deep water discovery is testament to the innovation of our explorers in pursuing new plays, and application of our global sub-surface expertise.
“We are proud to be sharing this success with CNOOC Limited, our partner in the licence.”
The deep water discovery has spurred a full appraisal programme to determine further resource volumes.