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Shell begins redeploying personnel to platform in Gulf of Mexico



Petroleumworld.com 03 01 2017

Offshore oil and gas operators are beginning to re-board platforms and rigs in the Gulf of Mexico following Hurricane Ida.

Personnel remain evacuated from 79 production platforms and four rigs in the Gulf, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). Two DP rigs remain off location.

From 34 operator reports, BSEE estimates that about 79.33% of the oil production and 77.89% of the gas production in the Gulf of Mexico remain shut-in.

Shell has reported that is it beginning the process of redeploying personnel to its Auger TLP and continuing redeployment to its Enchilada/Salsa fixed platform.

About 80% of Shell-operated production is currently offline, including the Appomattox, Mars, Olympus, Ursa, Auger, and Enchilada/Salsa assets. However, the company has confirmed that there is “no significant structural damage” to these deepwater assets.

Damage assessments continue at the Shell Pipeline-operated West Delta-143 offshore facility. The company is working to understand the full extent of the damage and the degree to which production in the Gulf of Mexico will be impacted.

The company has re-staffed Shell Pipeline’s Ship Shoal 28 asset, and it is working to finalize assessment of the platform and pipelines. A standup test will be conducted prior to restart of the pipeline.

Platform startup will remain dependent on the availability of downstream infrastructure including pipelines and delivery locations, Shell said.

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