Shell announces Gabon discovery covered by Spectrum seismic

Shell recently announced a frontier exploration discovery offshore Gabon, West Africa in an area covered by Spectrum Multi-Client seismic data. 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 programme to further determine the resource volumes. This discovery comes just a year after the Diaman-1 well was drilled by Total in 1,754 m of water in the southern salt basin offshore Gabon, discovering hydrocarbons in the pre-salt section.

GABON-Leopard-Gas-Discovery-1x1Spectrum holds a significant library of Multi-Client data offshore Africa including over 20,000 km of 2D seismic data offshore Gabon. This data gives both a regional overview and also highlights key areas such as the vicinity of Leopard-1. In cooperation with ARKeX, Spectrum also offers Gravity gradiometry data and basin modelling information relating to southern offshore areas.

“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.”

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