UK supermajor Shell is evaluating results of the Zanderij-1 wildcat drilled in Block 42 offshore Suriname, as it considers further exploration activities in the area.

The well was drilled with the Maersk Drilling drillship Maersk Voyager and was trying to detect the presence of hydrocarbons to the north of Block 58, where France’s TotalEnergies has made a string of discoveries.

Block 42 partner Hess said in a recent conference call that Zanderij-1 demonstrated a working petroleum system and encountered an oil pay, but failed to provide additional details on the probe.