“The Shpirag discovery was the first in Albania’s onshore ‘fold and thrust belt play’ (the geological setting where the hydrocarbon reservoir sits) in which Shell became involved,” said Marc Gerrits, Shell’s Executive Vice-President, Exploration. “We are pleased that these initial tests have confirmed the potential of this discovery and look forward to growing our business in Albania.”

The multi-day production test on the well performed as expected, with a flow potential of several thousand barrels of oil per day. The commercially recoverable volume of oil from Shpirag is still to be determined through further appraisal activity.

The Shpirag discovery, in a fractured carbonate reservoir, is in an equivalent geological setting to the large Val D’Agri and Tempa Rossa fields in Italy, in which Shell holds a substantial non-operated position.

The next step in the appraisal programme is to conduct an extended production test on the Shpirag-4 well, followed by further appraisal drilling at the Shpirag-3 well. In parallel, Shell plans to drill further exploration wells within the acreage it holds to test their potential.

Notes to Editors

  • The Shpirag discovery was confirmed in 2013 by the Shpirag-2 well which demonstrated the presence of a light oil column of at least 800m in the reservoir.
  • A successful outcome of the appraisal programme’s next steps would lead to more appraisal wells being drilled, establishment of an Appraisal Pilot Facility, and potential full field development, subject to a final investment decision being taken.
  • Shell became a partner in the project in 2012 and now holds 100% equity in the Blocks 2-3 permits and will formally assume 100% equity in the Block 4 permit later in 2019. The combined acreage of the Blocks 2-3 and Block 4 permits is 4,084 km2.
  • Multiple other large, as yet untested potential hydrocarbon accumulations have been identified within this acreage, providing opportunities for future exploration activity.