ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC: Shell announces pause in Alaska drilling programme

ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC: Shell announces pause in Alaska drilling programme
Shell announces pause in Alaska drilling programme 
The Hague, February 27, 2013: Royal Dutch Shell plc ("Shell") today announced
it will pause its exploration drilling activity for 2013 in Alaska's Beaufort
and Chukchi Seas to prepare equipment and plans for a resumption of activity at
a later stage. 
"We've made progress in Alaska, but this is a long-term programme that we are
pursuing in a safe and measured way," said Marvin Odum, Director, Upstream
Americas. "Our decision to pause in 2013 will give us time to ensure the
readiness of all our equipment and people following the drilling season in
Alaska holds important energy resources. At the same time, securing access to
those resources requires special expertise, technology and an in depth
understanding of the environmental and societal sensitivities unique to the
region. Shell is one of the leaders in an industry move into offshore Arctic
exploration. The company continues to use its extensive experience in Arctic
and sub-Arctic environments to prepare for safe activities in Alaska. 
Alaska remains an area with high potential for Shell over the long term, and
the company is committed to drill there again in the future. If exploration
proves successful, resources there would take years to develop. 
Shell completed top-hole drilling on two wells in 2012 in the Beaufort and
Chukchi Seas, marking the industry's return to offshore drilling in the Alaskan
Arctic after more than a decade. This drilling was completed safely, with no
serious injuries or environmental impact. After the drilling season ended,
however, one of Shell's drilling rigs, the Kulluk, was damaged in a maritime
incident related to strong weather conditions. The Kulluk and the second
drilling rig, the Noble Discoverer, will be towed to locations in Asia for
maintenance and repairs. 
"Shell remains committed to building an Arctic exploration program that
provides confidence to stakeholders and regulators, and meets the high
standards the company applies to its operations around the world," said Odum.
"We continue to believe that a measured and responsible pace, especially in the
exploration phase, fits best in this remote area." 
Notes for Editors 
Royal Dutch Shell plc ("Shell") is a leading oil and gas exploration player,
with upstream activities in over 50 countries world-wide. Exploration and deals
in conventional basins and resources plays added 12 billion barrels of oil
equivalent (boe) resources for Shell in 2010-2012. 
Shell has ambitious exploration plans worldwide. Exploration drilling activity
will step up in 2013-14. Shell expects to drill over 40 high-potential wells in
18 conventional basins, and test 10 key resources plays for tight gas and
liquids-rich shales. Plans for 2013 call for a $7 billion exploration and
appraisal programme spanning both early production opportunities and
longer-term development plays. 
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