Shell preparing for more Alaskan operationsNews // April 9, 2015
The US Interior Department has upheld a 2008 lease sale for the Chukchi Sea offshore Alaska, removing one of the potential stumbling blocks that may have prevented Shell from drilling off Alaska in 2015.
As broker Seabrokers reported recently, the Interior Department has affirmed the
licences following a thorough environment analysis, and has lifted the suspensions on exploration activity within the Chukchi Sea acreage.
Pending further approvals from the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Shell is planning to undertake exploration drilling in the US Arctic territory later this year,
utilising Transocean semisubmersible Polar Pioneer and Noble Corporation drillship