After earning six exploration licences (ELs), Shell began drilling on a two-well campaign in October, 2015. Drilling was completed in January, 2017. These were the first exploration wells drilled offshore of Nova Scotia in about a decade. Shell contracted the Stena IceMAX drillship, a dynamically positioned mobile offshore drilling unit suited to the North Atlantic environment and deep-water depths, to complete the work.
Environmental Impact Statement
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) conducted a federal environmental assessment of the proposed Shelburne Basin Venture Exploration Drilling Project. The Agency invited the public to comment on the potential environmental effects of the project and the proposed measures to prevent or mitigate those effects. On June 15th, 2015 the federal government issued a Decision Statement report on the CEAA assessment.
Shell must submit an Implementation Schedule for conditions contained in the CEAA Decision Statement to the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) prior to the start of drilling. The Schedule will indicate the commencement and completion dates for each activity relating to the Conditions.
An Implementation Schedule has been submitted for each well of the first campaign. The Project Implementation Schedules are based upon the best available information at the time of submission and may be updated, as required.
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