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Shell strikes gas off Gabon

22nd October 2014

Shell has announced a frontier exploration discovery offshore Gabon, West Africa

Shell strikes gas off Gabon
This frontier discovery follows recent deepwater exploration successes in the heartlands for Shell Exploration in the Gulf of Mexico and Malaysia

The well Leopard-1 encountered a substantial gas column with around 200-metres net gas pay in a pre-salt reservoir.

Leopard-1 is located around 145-kilometres off the Gabonese coast, west of Gamba. It was drilled in water 2,110-metres deep to a total vertical depth of 5,063-metres. Shell and partners are planning to undertake an appraisal programme to further determine the resource volumes.

“Shell has been exploring in Gabon for over 50 years. This latest deep water discovery is a testament to the innovation of our explorers in pursuing new plays, and application of our global sub-surface expertise,” said Andy Brown, Shell Upstream International director. “We are proud to be sharing this success with CNOOC Limited, our partner in the licence.”

Leopard-1 was drilled in licence BCD10, operated by Shell (75 per cent). Second partner in the venture is CNOOC Limited (25 per cent).

This frontier discovery follows recent deepwater exploration successes in the heartlands for Shell Exploration in the Gulf of Mexico and Malaysia.

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