Shell Plans Full Evacuation Wednesday in Advance of Hurricane Ike

Shell reported that forecasts show Hurricane Ike will likely enter the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday. Therefore, on Sunday, Shell brought in about 150 people from its offshore facilities. Approximately 500 remain offshore.

The Company will continue to bring personnel back to shore, with the intention of completing a full evacuation of personnel from Shell-operated facilities on Wednesday, in advance of Ike.

Shell had begun to bring some production back online, after being shut-in because of Hurricane Gustav. Minimal production from Shell-operated assets will continue to flow until the Company has to fully evacuate and once again shut-in production because of a hurricane.

Read more on preparations for Hurricane Ike in Rigzone's Special Coverage Preparing for Ike to Strike.