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Shell-contracted drillship begins final Arctic journey

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Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 21.06.27Jul 17 2015, 16:39 ET | By: Carl Surran, SA News Editor

  • Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) still does not have the final permits it needs to begin boring an exploratory oil well in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska, but today’s sendoff of the Noble Discoverer drilling rig suggests the company’s confidence that those authorizations are on the horizon.

  • While the Discoverer could arrive at Shell’s Burger prospect in less than a week, a second Shell-contracted drilling rig, the Transocean Polar Pioneer, is still in port ~1,200 miles away from Shell’s planned oil wells.

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