Shell has plugged and abandoned its PannaCotta-1 deepwater exploration well on block C10 off Mauritania after drilling encountered only “traces of hydrocarbons,” a Shell spokesperson tells MEES.

“We will now analyze the data gathered before deciding on next steps,” they add. With Shell having declined to take up an option on a contract extension, the Noble Voyager drillship is now halfway across the Atlantic. (CONTINUED - 119 WORDS)