Supermajor Shell has started redeploying workers evacuated from Hurricane Ida to the Enschilada / Salsa asset, but about 80% of its production in the Gulf of Mexico is still offline.
Shell said on Sunday it was still monitoring the impact of Hurricane Ida on its assets in Louisiana and the communities where it operates.
The company added that it has started the process of redeploying staff to the Enchilada / Salsa asset. The Perdido asset in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico was never disturbed by the hurricane and Shell’s floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, the Turritella – also known as Stones – is now back online.
In the case of staff working on these particular assets who reported personal impacts from the storm, Shell brought them ashore so they could focus on their home and family.
Shell’s remaining deepwater assets – Appomattox, Mars, Olympus, Ursa, Auger and Enchilada / Salsa – remain closed. About 80% of the production operated by Shell is currently offline. Onboard inspections confirm that there is no significant structural damage to these deep water assets impacted by the storm.
Damage assessments are continuing at our West Delta-143 (WD-143) offshore facility, operated by Shell Pipeline. The company said it was working to understand the extent of the damage and the degree to which production in the Gulf of Mexico would be affected.
Other offshore assets of Shell Pipeline remain evacuated and the ability to send personnel there has been affected by the disruption of the logistics network in southeast Louisiana.
As for the Norco manufacturing plant, Shell continues to assess the impacts. The site is still without electricity and remains in the raised flare with visible smoke. Air monitoring is carried out along the fence and Shell uses a third party resource for air monitoring in the community.
“Our recovery efforts from Hurricane Ida include caring for our people and the communities where they live and work. All of our employees who were on the way to the storm are counted. We are actively helping more than 300 Shell employees repair their homes damaged by the hurricane, ”Shell said.
According to the latest report from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), some 88.32 percent of oil production and 82.72 percent of gas production in the Gulf of Mexico remain stranded due to Storm Ida .
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