Supermajor Shell says it has made a big oil discovery in the Gulf of Mexico, southeast of New Orleans.
The Dover well discovery, made in a water depth of 7,500 feet and a total depth of 29,000 feet 170 miles offshore, is Shell’s sixth in the Norphlet play.
It is located just 13 miles from the multibillion-dollar Appomattox platform that had only recently arrived in the area from Texas.
The successful well could be a tieback to the Appomattox unit, which is expected to be fully running in 2019.
Shell owns 79% of Appomattox while Nexen Petroleum Offshore holds the other 21%.