Shell gets NOPSEMA approval for Bratwurst-1 well

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Shell has won approval from NOPSEMA to drill the Bratwurst-1 exploration well in AC/P64 offshore Western Australia.

The original plan was submitted by Shell in January this year for a well which is located within the Northern Browse Basin in Commonwealth Waters in water depths of approximately 155 meters.

The plan was officially approved by NOPSEMA on May 15.

Shell will target gas/condensate and has plans to deploy a semi-submersible rig for the operation.

If successful and the well unlocks commercial volumes of gas and/or condensate, the prospect has potential for a tie-back to the Prelude FLNG facility, which is located about 160km southwest of Bratwurst-1.

Drilling is scheduled to begin in mid-2019 and will take about 45 days.

The environmental plan has indicated the potential for sidetracking in the future and/or testing in the event of a successful discovery.

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