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    Shell still hobbled by Ida


The US federal government reports most offshore production remains offline more than a week after Hurricane Ida made landfall.

by: Daniel Graeber

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Shell still hobbled by Ida

Shell said September 8 that it redeployed staff to some of its assets in the Gulf of Mexico, but noted that 80% of its operated production remains offline due to the impact of Hurricane Ida.

Shell offered a mixed assessment of its installations in the US federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Staff are back on some of its platforms, though it continues to asses the damage to its West Delta-143 offshore facility.

The company said that full return to service was in part dependent on the availability of downstream infrastructure.

“Approximately 80% of Shell-operated production is currently offline,” the company added.

According to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), about 13% of the stationary platforms and 36% of the rigs in the Gulf of Mexico remain evacuated more than a week after Ida made landfall in Louisiana as a category 4 hurricane.

BSEE estimates that about 77% of both crude oil and natural gas production remains offline.

In the Atlantic, Hurricane Larry is a powerful storm that is expected to remain at sea. Tropical depression Mindy is moving east from the Florida panhandle and there is a minor weather pattern moving north toward Mexico that is not expected to develop much further.