Shell has made another hydrocarbon discovery in the deepwaters of the Central Gulf of Mexico.
The company drilled the Coulomb No. 3 well to test a fault block adjacent to the Coulomb gas field (Mississippi Canyon block 657) discovered by Shell in 1988 and confirmed gas reserves in Mississippi Canyon block 613.
The Coulomb No. 3 well is in 7,565 ft (2,306 m) of water and reached 18,237 ft TD. The company found 130 ft of net gas sandstones and temporarily abandoned the well, which will be equipped for future production through the Na Kika facility 37 km away. First production is expected to start soon, since Shell has already installed a pipeline from Coulomb to Na Kika.
Shell operates the well with 66.67%, and Petrobras subsidiary Petrobras America Inc. has a 33.33% interest.