Shell adds third major discovery to Norphlet play in Gulf of Mexico

Posted on 15 July 2014

Shell has made its third major discovery in the Norphlet play in deepwater Gulf of Mexico with the Rydberg exploration well. “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.”

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 26,371 ft (8,038 m) TD 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 million bbl of oil equivalent. Together with the Appomattox and Vicksburg discoveries, this brings the total potential Norphlet discoveries to more that 700 million bbl of oil equivalent.

This is the first discovery for the partnership of Shell (operator, 57.2% interest), Ecopetrol America (28.5%) and Nexen (14.3%), an affiliate of CNOOC. The discovery is within 10 miles (16 km) of the planned Appomattox development and the 2013 Vicksburg discovery (Shell is operator with 75% interest and Nexen with 25%).

Shell and Nexen are following 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.

Leave a Reply

*

FEATURED MICROSITES


Recent Drilling News

  • 03 March 2015

    Kosmos Energy finds hydrocarbons in CB-1 exploration well offshore Western Sahara

    Kosmos Energy announced that the CB-1 exploration well located in the Cap Boujdour permit area offshore Western Sahara encountered hydrocarbons. The well penetrated...

  • 02 March 2015

    Maersk Voyager drillship secures contract for work offshore Ghana

    Maersk Drilling has been awarded a contract from Eni Ghana Exploration and Production, an Eni subsidiary, for employment of the newbuild drillship Maersk Voyager...

  • 02 March 2015

    Wisco Moran debuts Padwise 1 walking rig in Texas

    The trend among drilling contractors to install walking systems on rigs has solved a major logistical problem for operators on multiwell pads – negating the need for costly...

  • 26 February 2015

    JDC inaugurates Hakuryu 12 jackup, looks to growth in Middle East, Myanmar and Russia

    The Japanese word “hakuryu” means “white dragon.” In Asia, dragons are strongly associated with oceans. They also represent power and blessings...

  • 16 February 2015

    Steven Newman steps down as Transocean President, CEO

    Transocean announced that Steven Newman and the Board of Directors have mutually agreed that he will step down as President and CEO, effective 16 February 2015...

  • Read more news