Shell has announced a large, deepwater, exploration discovery in the Norphlet geologic play in the US 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 miles from the Appomattox host and is considered an attractive potential tieback. Shell’s Appomattox host has now arrived on location in the US 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 deepwater growth priority,” Andy Brown, Upstream Director for Royal Dutch Shell, said. “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 tiebacks. The company expects its global, deepwater production to exceed 900,000 bbl of oil equivalent per day by 2020, from already discovered, established areas.