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INPEX commences exploratory offshore drilling in Japan

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INPEX CORPORATION has announced it has commenced drilling operations on an exploratory well offshore Shimane and Yamaguchi prefectures on 5 June.

The drilling operations are part of a project commissioned by the Agency of Natural Resources and Energy of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan for the agency’s “Heisei 26~28 Domestic Offshore Drilling Programme in Japan” as announced on 30 July, 2015.

The drilling operations are being conducted at a location approximately 130 km northwest of Shimane Prefecture and approximately 140 km north of Yamaguchi Prefecture.

Going forward, INPEX plans to determine the presence of hydrocarbon deposits in the area by conducting a detailed analysis and evaluation of data obtained through the exploratory drilling.

INPEX will prioritise safety throughout the execution of the project, keeping local communities fully informed and calling on their cooperation.

Adapted from a press release by Louise Mulhall

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