Shell Offshore announces major oil strike in US Gulf of Mexico

Shell Offshore announces major oil strike in US Gulf of Mexico

New Orleans-based Shell Offshore Inc, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, on Wednesday announced what it called one of its largest discoveries in the US Gulf of Mexico.

The find is from the Whale well in Alaminos Canyon Block 772 in the Perdido area about 200 miles southwest of Houston, Texas, and includes more than 427 metres of oil-bearing pay, Shell Offshore said. It lies in about 2,438 metres of water.

Whale is a joint venture with Shell holding the majority 60% operating stake and co-owner Chevron 40%.

Shell has three other Gulf of Mexico deep-water projects under construction – Appomattox, Kaikias and Coulomb Phase 2.

The announcement of this Whale discovery came on the same day that Shell emerged as top dog in Mexico’s latest offshore oil rights auction, earning nine of 19 awarded blocks.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.

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