Shell well offshore Nova Scotia comes up empty

Royal Dutch Shell’s Canada subsidiary has come up empty in its first exploration well at a field offshore Nova Scotia.

The supermajor, lead partner with a 50% stake in the project at the deep-water Shelburne Basin, finished exploratory drilling at the well and found it non-commercial.

Shell’s partners in the joint venture are ConocoPhillips Canada East Coast Partnership (30 percent), and Suncor Energy (20 percent) of Calgary, Alberta.

The Cheshire L-97 well, some 250km south of Halifax, had been spudded in October 2015.

It ran into difficulty in March, however, when two kilometres of pipe broke off a wellhead and sank to the ocean floor. That caused drilling at the well to be suspended until June while Canada’s industry regulator conducted a review.

Shell, which is deploying Stena Drilling’s Stena IceMAX drillship, will move on to its second prospective well in the Shelburne Basin.


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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