Shell To Submit Arctic Offshore Drilling Plan

05/02/2011 04:31 pm ET | Updated Jul 02, 2011

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Shell Oil will apply to drill up to five wells off Alaska's shore next year under an exploration plan to be submitted to federal authorities.

Shell Alaska spokesman Curtis Smith says the company will seek permission to drill two wells in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska's north shore and three in the Chukchi Sea off the state's northwest shore in 2012.

They're part of plan to drill 10 wells – four in the Beaufort and six in the Chukchi – using two drilling ships in 2012 and 2013.

Smith says the company expects to submit the plan of exploration for the Beaufort on Wednesday and for the Chukchi soon after.