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.

About Shelburne Basin Deep-water Exploration Project

Environmental Impact Statement

Implementation Schedule

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.

Project Implementation Schedule - Cheshire Well

Project Implementation Schedule - Monterey Jack Well


Contact Information

For general inquiries on our Shelburne project, you can contact our toll-free number at 1-855-337-4121. Media enquiries can be directed to our media line at 1-877-850-5023 or by

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