Shell finds gas off the coast of Gabon

Shell, Chinese partners, declare natural gas find off the coast of Gabon. UPI/Maryam Rahmanian THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Oct. 22 (UPI) — Shell announced Wednesday it made a substantial discovery of natural gas in the deep waters off the coast of the West African nation of Gabon. The company said it ran into a 656-net foot column of natural gas in its Leapord-1 frontier exploration well off the Gabonese coast. The well was drilled in water more than a mile deep into a basin trapped beneath a deep layer of submarine salt. "Shell and partners [at China National Offshore Oil Corp.] are planning to undertake an appraisal program to further determine the resource volumes," the company said in a statement. Gabon’s geological similarities to Brazil raised hopes for oil production among energy explorers, but so far the region has turned up mostly natural gas. Italian energy company Eni and Australian […]

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