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Shell to Seek U.S. Approval to Drill as Many as 10 Oil Wells Off Alaska

By Katarzyna Klimasinska – May 2, 2011 5:44 PM GMT+0100

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), which has been blocked from developing leases it holds off Alaska’s Arctic coast, this week will ask the U.S. to approve drilling as many as 10 oil exploration wells by 2013.

The Hague-based company will submit a Alaska Plan of Exploration for 2012 through 2013 to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, Kelly op de Weegh, a spokeswoman for the company, said today in an e-mail.

“After five years of not being permitted to drill in its 10-year lease blocks, we are now forced to plan on increased activity each year,” she said.

Shell plans for as many as two wells a year in Camden Bay in the Beaufort Sea, and as many as three per year in the Chukchi Sea, she said. A delay in issuing an air permit last year forced the company to postpone exploratory drilling in the Beaufort Sea beyond 2011. Shell’s Beaufort Sea leases expire in 2015.

The New York Times reported Shell’s plans for Alaska yesterday.

— Editors: Steve Geimann, Larry Liebert

To contact the reporter on this story: Katarzyna Klimasinska in Washington at [email protected];

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