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Shell Drill Rigs Depart for Alaska Waters

On Wednesday, June 27, the Noble Discoverer and the Kulluk conical drilling unit departed Seattle, Washington to make the journey to Dutch Harbor, Alaska. A portion of the associated drilling fleet departed at approximately the same time.

“Shell is pleased to announce its two Alaska-bound drilling rigs, the Kulluk and the Noble Discoverer, along with associated support vessels, have departed Seattle, Washington and are now en route to Dutch Harbor, Alaska. 

"Upon arrival in Dutch Harbor, the fleet will await the opportunity to make entry into the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas.  Once open water allows, the rigs will sail to their respective theaters and commence exploratory drilling,” said Pete Slaiby, VP Alaska.  

The journey north marks the beginning of another historic offshore exploration program in Alaska.

We look forward to adding to our long, successful history in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas; providing jobs and verifying what could prove to be an extremely valuable natural resource base for Alaska and the Nation.

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