Further drilling is necessary to determine the extent and the commerciality of the discovery. The Deepwater Horizon, owned by Transocean, began drilling operations on December 31, 2004 and reached its final depth on March 10, 2005. The discovery well was drilled to a true vertical depth of 28,560 feet below sea level.
Shell owns a working interest in all Stones prospect blocks, including Walker Ridge 507, 508, 509, 551, 552, 553, 596, and 597.
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