Shell announced a frontier exploration discovery offshore Gabon, West Africa. The well Leopard-1 encountered a substantial gas column with around 200 m net gas pay in a pre-salt reservoir. Leopard-1 is located around 145 km off the Gabonese coast, west of Gamba. It was drilled in water 2,110 m deep to a total vertical depth of 5,063 m. Shell and partners are planning to undertake an appraisal program to further determine the resource volumes.
“Shell has been exploring in Gabon for over 50 years. This latest deepwater discovery is a testament to the innovation of our explorers in pursuing new plays and application of our global sub-surface expertise,” Andy Brown, Shell Upstream International Director said.
“We are proud to be sharing this success with CNOOC, our partner in the license.”
Leopard-1 was drilled in license BCD10, operated by Shell (75%) and CNOOC (25%).