Shell Evacuates 400 Personnel in GOM, Plans to Remove Over 800 More

Shell safely evacuated almost 400 people from its Gulf of Mexico operations on August 26, 2008. The Company anticipates bringing approximately 270 personnel to shore Thursday.

Shell expects to evacuate the remaining 600 personnel on Friday and Saturday, and is working toward a full evacuation of Shell-operated assets in the Gulf, based on predictions that Tropical Storm Gustav will strengthen again into a hurricane and cross the Gulf of Mexico this weekend.

Given the evacuation of personnel and forecast track, the Company expects production from its East and West GOM assets to begin to be impacted, as early as Thursday.

Shell will continue to monitor this system closely and are ready to respond to further developments.