With the conclusion of the fall Kaktovik whale hunt and in accord with the Conflict Avoidance Agreement (CAA) signed by Shell and the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission (AEWC), exploratory drilling at Shell’s prospect in the Beaufort Sea has commenced.
On October 3, 2012, at approximately 2:45PM AKDT, the Kulluk began drilling at Shell’s Sivulliq prospect. The occasion is historic in that it’s the first time two rigs have been drilling simultaneously offshore Alaska in over two decades. The Noble Discoverer has been drilling at Shell’s Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea since September.
"In the weeks ahead we look forward to operating safely and responsibly, putting Americans to work and adding to Shell’s long, successful history of drilling offshore Alaska," said Pete Slaiby, VP Alaska.
Shell begins oil drilling In Beaufort Sea