Shell has announced one of its largest US Gulf of Mexico exploration finds in the past decade from the Whale deep-water well.
The well encountered more than 427 meters of oil bearing pay. Evaluation of the discovery is ongoing, and appraisal drilling is under way to further delineate the discovery and define development options.
Andy Brown, Shell upstream director, said: “Deep water is an important growth priority as we reshape Shell into a world-class investment case.
“Today’s announcement shows how, through exploration, we are sustaining a strong pipeline of discoveries and future projects to sustain this deep-water growth.”
Whale is operated by Shell (60%) and co-owned by Chevron (40%). It was discovered in the Alaminos Canyon Block 772, adjacent to the Shell-operated Silvertip field and approximately 10-miles from the Shell-operated Perdido platform.