Shell’s operations in the Permian Basin reach from the City of Midland in west Texas to the southeastern border of New Mexico and along the Pecos River. The Permian Basin has produced conventional oil for decades and has now re-emerged as a significant liquids-rich shale resource.
In late 2012, Shell purchased approximately 600,000 leased acres and 500 wells producing 21,000 barrels of liquids and 90 million cubic feet of natural gas per day including buying into a 50/50 joint venture to develop an Area of Mutual Interest (AMI) with Anadarko.
In the Delaware Basin, our primary focus is on the Wolfcamp, Bone Springs and Avalon formations. Shell now has 300,000 net acres, 85 percent which is considered core acreage. We currently produce around 31,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day from approximately 400 Shell operated wells and have identified over 5,000 other possible well locations.
We currently have two central processing facilities, with plans to develop additional facilities in 2016 and 2017.We also operate eight saltwater disposal (SWD) facilities, supplemented with third-party commercial SWD services to safely dispose of saltwater produced by our operations.
For issues in the Permain Basin, please call our Community Feedback Line at 432-686-2565.
Shell supports a wide range of social investment programs in the Permian. Since 2015, we have spent over $750,000 on community, environmental and educational initiatives.
In West Texas, Shell funded a $116,500 remediation project to reclaim 1,000 acres of open range. Environmental experts at Angelo State University conducted research on the land, took soil samples and planted native vegetation. The research team’s learnings will be used in Shell’s land restoration planning around the globe.
Shell was the first company to support the West Texas Energy Consortium, a broad partnership with community stakeholders to foster a skilled workforce and thriving community. Our support of the Sustainable Community Development program in West Texas provides training for leaders of small towns and promotes small business development.
Shell was also instrumental in the formation of the Permian Road Safety Coalition, which leads a collaborative effort with oil and gas producers, service and trucking companies, non-governmental and governmental organizations to improve road safety in the Permian Basin and reduce the number of traffic-related injuries and deaths on Permian Basin roadways.
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