Shell adds third major discovery to Norphlet play in Gulf of Mexico
THE HAGUE, The Netherlands -- Shell has announced its third major discovery in the Norphlet play in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico with the successful Rydberg exploration well.
The Rydberg well is located 75 miles (120 km) offshore in the Mississippi Canyon Block 525 in 7,479 ft (2,280 m) of water. It was drilled to a total depth of 26,371 ft (8,038 m) and encountered more than 400 ft (122 m) of net oil pay.
Shell is completing the full evaluation of the well results but expects the resource base to be approximately 100 MMboe. Together with the Appomattox and Vicksburg discoveries, this brings the total potential Norphlet discoveries to over 700 MMboe.
“The Rydberg discovery builds upon our leadership position in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and its proximity to our other discoveries in the area make Rydberg particularly exciting.” said Marvin Odum, Shell Upstream Americas Director. “These successes represent the emergence of another hub for Shell’s deepwater activities that should generate shareholder value.”
This is the first discovery for the partnership of Shell (operator, interest 57.2%), Ecopetrol America Inc. (28.5%) and Nexen (14.3%), a wholly-owned affiliate of CNOOC. The discovery is within 10 miles (16 km) of the planned Appomattox development and the 2013 Vicksburg discovery (Shell, operator, 75% and Nexen, 25%).
Shell and Nexen are following up the Rydberg discovery with an exploratory well at Gettysburg, located in Desoto Canyon Block 398 which is also within 10 miles (16 km) of the planned Appomattox Development.