Shell Hits Oil Pay in Gulf of Mexico
Shell Offshore Inc. Wednesday reported a “significant” discovery at the Blacktip prospect in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
“Blacktip is Shell’s second material discovery in the Perdido Corridor and is part of a continuing exploration strategy to add competitive deep water options to extend our heartlands,” Andy Brown, upstream director for Royal Dutch Shell plc, said in a written statement emailed to Rigzone.
Although drilling at the initial Blacktip well continues, Shell stated Wednesday that it has already encountered more than 400 feet (122 meters) net oil pay with good reservoir and fluid characteristics. Shell noted that evaluation of the discovery is ongoing and appraisal planning is underway to further delineate the find and define development options.
According to Shell, Blacktip is a Wilcox discovery in the Perdido thrust belt and was discovered in the Alaminos Canyon Block 380 – approximately 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the Perdido platform and Whale discovery. The discovery offers the opportunity to augment existing Perdido-area production from Shell’s Great White, Silvertip and Tobago fields, the company added.
Shell operates Blacktip and owns a 52.375-percent stake in the well. Other Blacktip owners include Chevron U.S.A. Inc. (20 percent), Equinor Gulf of Mexico LLC (19.125 percent) and Repsol E&P USA Inc. (8.5 percent). The discovery is located approximately 250 miles (400 kilometers) south of Houston in approximately 6,200 feet (1,900 meters) of water.
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