Drifting Ice Halts Shell’s Operations Offshore Alaska

Drifting Ice Halts Shell's Operations Offshore Alaska

Shell Alaska, which on Sunday began drilling operations in Chukchi Sea, off Alaska, has decided to temporarily move off the Burger-A well to avoid potentially encroaching sea ice.

Once the ice moves on, the Noble Discoverer drillship will re-connect to anchors and continue drilling. Shell uses a combination of satellite images, radar and on-site reconnaissance to monitor ice movement.

Offshore Energy Today Staff, September 11, 2012