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Shell drilled its first South Texas wells in 1953. Today, we produce approximately 210 million cubic feet of natural gas per day from more than 400 wells across three counties – Zapata, Hidalgo and Starr.
Shell South Texas Timeline
1953 - Shell drilled its first wells in South Texas in the Rincon, LaCopita, and Javelina fields located west of McAllen. Production still flows from these fields.
1956 - Although not the oldest of Shell’s production in South Texas, Javelina is a major field where the initial discovery and most of the wells have been drilled by Shell. The first well began drilling in July 1956, reached total depth in October, and was completed in November 1956. The well is still producing today.
1957 - Shell’s first South Texas office opened at the LaCopita field.
1961 - The McCook office opened, along with the first well on the McAllen Ranch that same year.
1966 - Computer automation was implemented to monitor well production.
2001 - The world’s first application of monodiameter technology occurred in May on a Shell well in Starr County.
- In 2006, Shell closed an agreement for a like-kind exchange with Total E&P USA. Shell exchanged its 17-percent non-operated interest in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico Tahiti field for Total’s interests in natural gas assets in South Texas.
- Shell operates approximately 525 producing wells and approximately 600 miles of pipeline across three counties (Hidalgo, Starr, and Brooks).
- Shell has production offices in McAllen and in McCook, with 80 employees assigned to the production team.
- Shell is a responsible operator with a strong Health, Safety & Environmental record.
- Shell will make business decisions that support sustainable development of the Rio Grande Valley. Sustainable development means being:
• Economically viable
• Environmentally responsible
• Socially sustainable
• Accomplishing the above in an integrated fashion over both the short and long term
- We are committed to respecting and safeguarding people as we proceed with our exploration, development, and production in the Rio Grande Valley.
- We are proud to be a responsible corporate partner, one that listens to stakeholders in the Rio Grande Valley and executes a strategic Social Investment program to benefit South Texas communities.