Shell reports large deepwater discovery in U.S. Gulf of Mexico

Shell’s map of the Dover discovery. Source: Shell Offshore, Inc.

HOUSTON -- Shell Offshore, Inc. has announced a large deepwater discovery in the Norphlet geologic play in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico with its Dover well (100% Shell).

The Dover discovery is Shell’s sixth in the Norphlet and encountered more than 800 net ft of pay (244 m). The discovery is located approximately 13 mi from the Appomattox host and is considered an attractive potential tie-back. Shell’s Appomattox host has now arrived on location in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and is expected to start production before the end of 2019.

“Dover showcases our expertise in discovering new, commercial resources in a heartland helping deliver our deep water growth priority,” said Andy Brown, upstream director for Royal Dutch Shell. “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, deepwater hubs are well-positioned for production expansion through near-field exploration and additional subsea tie-backs. The company expects its global, deepwater production to exceed 900,000 boed by 2020, from already discovered, established areas.

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