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Shell reports hurricane damage to assets in Gulf of Mexico

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03 September 2021

Shell have observed damage to its West Delta-143 (WD-143) offshore facilities during an initial flyover of its assets in the path of Hurricane Ida in the Gulf of Mexico.

The facilities serve as Shell's transfer station for all production in the Mars corridor in the Mississippi Canyon area to onshore crude terminals. 

In a statement, Shell said:

"Our Perdido asset in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico was never disrupted by the hurricane, and our floating production, storage and offloading vessel, the Turritella (also known as Stones) is currently back on line. All of our other offshore assets remain shut in and remain fully evacuated at this time. At the early phase of assessment and recovery, approximately 80% of Shell-operated production in the Gulf of Mexico remains off line.

"In our initial flyover, we did not observe any visible structural damage to the rest of our offshore assets. 

"When it is safe to do so, we will send personnel offshore to provide a closer inspection of these facilities to understand the full extent of the damage and the degree to which our production in the Gulf of Mexico will likely be impacted.

"As we assess the impact of Hurricane Ida on our Upstream and Downstream businesses, our top priorities continue to be the protection and recovery of our people and assets, the community and the environment."