Shell has reported that its Cullinan-1X exploration well off the coast of Namibia did not result in a commercial oil and gas discovery. While Namibia has yet to achieve oil and gas production, the country has attracted significant attention from international energy companies, particularly after Shell and TotalEnergies made discoveries in its offshore areas.
In a statement, Shell acknowledged that the Cullinan-1X well did not lead to a discovery. Nevertheless, the company expressed optimism regarding the presence of indications of a functioning petroleum system in this previously unexplored section of its license area.
Following the outcome, the well was plugged and abandoned. Shell now intends to analyze the data collected during the drilling process before making decisions about any potential follow-up activities.
Shell, in partnership with QatarEnergy and Namibia's national oil company, had previously achieved four oil discoveries in Namibia, including the Graff and Jonker wells. Zoë Yujnovich, Shell's Head of Upstream, had commented on June 14 that the results from drilling tests up to that point were promising.