Inpex has started exploratory well drilling operations at Shimane and Yamaguchi prefectures in offshore Japan.
These operations are part of a project commissioned by Japan’s Agency of Natural Resources and Energy of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).
METI began the project for its ‘Heisei 26~28 Domestic Offshore Drilling Program in Japan’, which was announced on 30 July last year.
Inpex will carry out drilling operations 130km north-west of the Shimane prefecture, and 140km north of Yamaguchi prefecture.
The company plans to carry out a detailed analysis and evaluation of data obtained through the exploratory drilling to determine the presence of hydrocarbon deposits in the area.
Throughout the execution of the project, Inpex will prioritise safety, keeping local communities fully informed.
Shimane prefecture is located in the Chugoku region on the main Honshu island and has an area elongated from east to west facing the Chugoku mountain range on the south side, and to the Sea of Japan on the north side.
The prefecture is divided into the Izumo region in the east, the Iwami region in the west and the Oki region off the northern coast.
Yamaguchi prefecture, which is also located in the Chugoku region, was created by the merger of the provinces of Suo and Nagato.
Image: Drilling operations take place 130km north-west of Shimane prefecture and about 140km north of Yamaguchi prefecture. Photo: courtesy of Inpex Corporation.