Shell Completes Preliminary Assessment of Gulf of Mexico Assets

Noble Jim Thompson
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Shell has completed a preliminary assessment of nearly all of its operated GoM assets and can confirm most appear to have little or no damage except for certain Central GoM assets.

Personnel have already safely returned to our assets in the Western GoM (North Padre Island, and Brazos) some Central GOM (West Cameron, Green Canyon, and Garden Banks) and hurricane recovery and production start up activities have begun. Eastern GoM assets (MP 252, Ram/Powell, Mobile Bay) do not appear to be damaged and post hurricane activities are underway there as well. Production from these assets will resume as appropriate once final inspections of the facilities are completed and pipelines and other related downstream facilities that transport our production to onshore locations have also been systematically inspected and are operational and ready to receive production.

Over-flights and site visits have identified damage to key Central GoM assets, West Delta-143, Cognac, and Mars. Equipment fabrication to repair WD-143 is underway, and assessment teams are visiting Cognac and Ursa for initial inspection.

As reported earlier, the Mars Tension Leg Platform was significantly damaged in the storm. We are making a full assessment of the damage over the next several days and will then develop a comprehensive repair and recovery plan.

Contractor personnel have boarded and secured both semisubmersible drilling rigs, the Transocean Deepwater Nautilus (DWN) and the Noble Jim Thompson (NJT), whose mooring lines broke during the hurricane. The DWN is currently under tow to a shallow water location for further assessment and repair. The NJT is planned to be secured to tugboats.

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