On Sunday, September 14th, Shell conducted a fixed-wing flyover of its Gulf of Mexico assets that were in the path of Ike and found no major structural damage to any of the company's platforms or drilling rigs. We were able to get personnel on some of the platforms and found some amount of moderate damage, which is still being assessed. We will continue to send crews offshore to further assess conditions at all our installations.
The company has safely redeployed approximately 125 people to some of our offshore assets. Yesterday, we safely sent out 50 people. Redeployments will continue until we reach our pre-storm staffing levels of about 1,400 people.
As personnel go back offshore, their main priorities are ensuring safe conditions, establishing power and communications, assessing damage, commencing repairs and preparing for production restart procedures. Production ramp up at each facility will vary, depending on continuing damage assessments and repairs, as well as downstream oil and gas infrastructure readiness.
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