Shell Reactivates Exploration Plans for Arctic Waters Off Alaska

5 May 2011 (Last Updated May 5th, 2011 18:30)

Royal Dutch Shell (RDSAL) has made new drilling plans for the Arctic waters off Alaska after its previous plans failed due to local opposition, litigation and fallout from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company plans to drill ten wells in 2012-13 by using two off

Royal Dutch Shell (RDSAL) has made new drilling plans for the Arctic waters off Alaska after its previous plans failed due to local opposition, litigation and fallout from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The company plans to drill ten wells in 2012-13 by using two offshore drill rigs to spud the leases in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska’s northern coast and the Chukchi Sea off the north-western coast.

Shell will submit formal exploration plans to the Alaska office of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement concerning two wells to be drilled in the Beaufort, reports Reuters.

Another proposal to drill three wells in 2012 and other three in 2013 in the Chukchi Sea will be submitted to the federal authorities in a week’s time.