By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Feb. 1 -- Shell Oil Co. has made an oil discovery at the Vicksburg prospect in 7,500 ft of water on DeSoto Canyon Blocks 353 and 397 and Mississippi Canyon Block 393, in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
The well was drilled to a depth of 25,400 ft and found a 300-ft hydrocarbon column. Transocean's semisubmersible Deepwater Nautilus, on contract to Shell, drilled the well.
Shell is operator of Vicksburg with a 57.5% interest. Vicksburg partners are Nexen Inc. 25% and Plains Exploration & Production Co. 17.5%.