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Shell assessing gas discovery off the Gabonese coast.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Dhu-AlHijjah 28, 1435, Oct 22, 2014, SPA -- Shell announced Wednesday it made a substantial discovery of natural gas in the deep waters off the coast of the West African nation of Gabon, UPI reported.

The company said it ran into a 656-net foot column of natural gas in its Leapord-1 frontier exploration well off the Gabonese coast. The well was drilled in water more than a mile deep into a basin trapped beneath a deep layer of submarine salt.

"Shell and partners [at China National Offshore Oil Corp.] are planning to undertake an appraisal program to further determine the resource volumes," the company said in a statement.

Shell said it's been exploring off the Gabonese coast for more than 50 years.

--SPA

14:02 LOCAL TIME 11:02 GMT

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