Shell Begins Shut-In Procedures as Gustav Heads for GOM

Based on forecasts that Tropical Storm Gustav will strengthen again into a hurricane and enter the Gulf of Mexico later this week, Shell continues to work toward a full evacuation of Shell-operated assets in the Gulf.

 Yesterday, Shell evacuated over 350 personnel from its GOM operations. The Company plans to evacuate the remaining offshore personnel on Friday and Saturday.

Given the evacuation of personnel and continued forecast track, Shell began shut-in procedures today for a few Shell-operated assets that require long lead times, such as subsea wells. These require special operational procedures and can take several days to shut-in properly to ensure re-start after the storm passes.

The Company expects to continue the orderly shut-in of all Shell operated Gulf production over the next 2 days consistent with its personnel evacuation plans.

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

Read more on preparations for Gustav in Rigzone's Special Coverage Gearing Up for Gustav.