Shell Plans to Evacuate Most or All Assets as Ike Gains on GOM

Shell reported that current forecasts still show Ike will likely enter the Gulf of Mexico tomorrow and will cause deteriorating flying and seas conditions for a significant part of the Gulf of Mexico. The Company will continue to make plans to maintain production that has been re-established since Gustav but will still evacuate most or all of its Shell-operated assets by Wednesday or Thursday.

Shell currently has 240 personnel offshore. Due to Gustav repairs to some Shell-operated facilities and downstream infrastructure recovery, remaining production recovery from Gustav will be delayed until after the Company can redeploy after Hurricane Ike has safely passed.

Shell was able to take advantage of this downtime to complete maintenance work at the Mars, Ursa and Main Pass 252 locations that was scheduled for later in September.

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