Shell makes 3rd discovery in Gulf’s deep waters

(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Shell Oil Co. has made its third major discovery in the Norphlet play in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico with the Rydberg exploration well.

The partnership includes Shell, Houston-based Ecopetrol America Inc. and Nexen.

The Rydberg well is located 75 miles offshore in Mississippi Canyon Block 525 in 7,479 feet of water. It was drilled to a total depth of 26,371 feet and encountered more than 400 feet of oil-bearing rock.

Shell expects the resource base to be the equivalent of about 100 million barrels of oil.

The Advocate reports together with the Appomattox and Vicksburg discoveries, the latest discovery brings the total potential Norphlet discoveries to the equivalent of more than 700 million barrels of oil. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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