Anadarko Petroleum operates the Vito well with a 20% working interest. Co-owners in the discovery include Shell Offshore Inc. with a 55% working interest and StatoilHydro USA E&P Inc. with a 25% working interest. Shell will assume operatorship of Vito after rig release on the current well.

“We are very excited with the initial results encountered at the Vito well,” said Bob Daniels, Anadarko Petroleum senior vice president, Worldwide Exploration. “The success at Vito continues to demonstrate the tremendous quality of our deepwater portfolio of high-impact prospects. We expect to drill two additional prospects that are targeting similar subsalt Miocene objective sections along this trend at our Silverado and Haleakala prospects in Mississippi Canyon in 2010. In the meantime, the partners will continue evaluating the data from Vito and the timing of an appraisal well.”