Shell Snags NOIA Safety-in-Seas Award

Shell Oil was awarded the 2010 National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) Safety in Seas Award today, recognizing their outstanding contribution to the safety of life offshore for energy workers in the design and execution of their Perdido project.

Shell's award-winning nomination was selected by a blue-ribbon panel of judges from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Minerals Management Service and the National Academy of Science’s Marine Board. The judges awarded the prestigious honor in recognition of the company's Perdido Development.

The Perdido Development consists of hydrocarbon production from ultra-deep water fields routed through a regional host facility. The Perdido Development area is located in the Western Gulf of Mexico about 200 miles south of Houston, TX and eight miles north of Mexican territorial waters. The facility will accommodate at least 35 wells and operate in 7,800 feet of water depth. Perdido is designed to produce 100,000 barrels of oil and 200 million cubic feet of natural gas each day.

NOIA President Randall Luthi said, "Shell demonstrated that safety is priority number one, and their commitment to this goal was evident in both the design phase of the project and in the execution phase. Shell went over and above the minimum requirements and exceeded the industry standards to ensure that Perdido was the safest possible project it could be. Shell was willing to spend the time and money necessary to safeguard the well-being of their employees and the surrounding environment. We applaud the fact that the Coast Guard, the MMS and the National Academy of Sciences continue to recognize our industry’s achievement and we congratulate Shell for their valuable contribution to the enhancement of offshore safety and responsible environmental stewardship."