Shell Continues Damage Assessment to Gulf of Mexico Production

Shell says net production rates in the Gulf of Mexico remain unchanged with approximately 160 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (around 2/3rds oil; 1/3rd gas) currently onstream.

Damage assessments continue at the four Shell operated facilities still not capable of operating due to damage from Katrina. The four facilities are Mars, Ursa, Cognac and West Delta 143. Underwater damage assessments at these locations have been completed and there is no damage to underwater facilities (i.e. risers, tendons, subsea equipment, etc). Damage appears to be limited to topsides equipment.

All Shell Exploration and Production staff in the impacted Gulf Coast areas have been accounted for and are safe.