*Anglo-Dutch major Shell, which operates the West Delta Deep Marine (WDDM) project along with 50% partner, Malaysia’s Petronas, is currently drilling the Montu-1 prospect, in 1,000ms water depth on the northeast portion of its WDDM acreage (see map and table). This is an ambitious well. It was spudded last August targeting pre-Messinian geology (MEES, 30 August 2019) and is still drilling ahead. Drilling is slated to complete in mid-to-late April with one more target reservoir to be tapped for a Mediterranean record total depth of 7,000 meters. As yet no gas has been encountered, MEES understands.