NEW YORK Royal Dutch
Shell Plc plans to drill more than 40 high-potential wells and
test 10 key resource plays for tight gas and liquid-rich shales
in 2013, a "step up" from its drilling activity in 2012, the
company said in an outlook accompanying its fourth-quarter
The company couldnt be
reached for comment on its level of drilling activity last year
or where it is planning to drill this year.
The Hague, Netherlands-based
Shell is still aiming for capital expenditures of $120 billion
to $130 billion between 2012 and 2015, assuming an "improved
U.S. gas and downstream environment from 2012," it said.
The company plans to spend $33
billion in 2013, with some $18 billion going to "growth
priorities" in gas, deepwater and resources plays.
Shell plans to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the
United States, it said recently (amm.com, Jan.