Fort Sumter Shows Continued Promise of Shell's GOM Holdings

Royal Dutch Shell’s recent Fort Sumter discovery provides further indication that running room still exists in Shell’s heartlands acreage in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Fort Sumter is estimated to hold recoverable resources of over 125 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe). That size could increase following the results of further appraisal drilling and planned wells in adjacent structures, Shell said in a July 28 press release.

The Fort Sumter discovery builds upon Shell’s exploration success in the Norphlet play with the Appomattox in 2010, Vicksburg in 2013, and Rydberg discovery in 2014. As a result of these discoveries, Shell has added approximately 1.3 billion boe to its GOM hydrocarbon resource base, the company said in the release.

The company drilled the well at Mississippi Canyon Block 566 in 7,062 feet (2,152 meters) of water with the Noble Globetrotter I (UDW drillship), a company spokesperson told Rigzone. The well was drilled to a total vertical drilling depth of 28,016 feet (8,539 meters). An appraisal sidetrack well was later drilled to 29,200 feet (8,900 meters) measured depth, Shell said in the press release.

The well is wholly owned and operated by Shell. The company currently is producing 600,000 boe per day (boepd). Shell said in the release it expects its production to grow to about 900,000 boepd early in the next decade from established reservoirs.


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