Why I'm left humbled by Hurricane Harvey

Why I'm left humbled by Hurricane Harvey

Sep 01, 2017 - Writing on LinkedIn, Shell CEO Ben van Beurden reflects on the courage and determination shown by all those caught in the trail of Harvey's devastation.

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Hurricane Nate – Update Four

Shell is in the process of returning personnel to its Mars, Olympus, Ursa and Ram Powell production hubs. Production operations will resume once we can verify the integrity of our assets for safe operation, and the associated pipelines and downstream gas plants are back on line to accept product.

Tropical Storm Nate – Update Three

In preparation for severe weather associated with Tropical Storm Nate, Shell is securing its Mars, Ursa, Olympus and Ram Powell production hubs located in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. Production is being safely shut in, drilling operations have been suspended and all personnel are returning to shore.

Tropical Storm Nate – Update Two

Shell is monitoring Tropical Storm Nate. As a precautionary measure, we are minimizing the number of people working offshore at our assets in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and are taking steps to secure our facilities in preparation for potentially severe weather. This includes safely shutting in production from some of our subsea fields and suspending some drilling activity.

Tropical Depression 16 - Update One

Shell is monitoring Tropical Depression 16. As a precautionary measure, we are minimizing the number of people working offshore at our assets in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and are taking steps to safely secure our facilities in preparation for potentially severe weather. There are currently no impacts to our production or drilling operations.

Shell's Appomattox project remains on track

Shell’s Appomattox hull is more than half way to the United States, and the project remains on track to achieve first oil by the end of the decade. Despite the personal impacts Hurricane Harvey created for staff and contractors located at Ingleside, Texas, where the topsides were built, these men and women stand ready to put the last pieces of this sizeable puzzle together.

Hurricane Irma – Update two

As a precautionary measure, we have suspended some of our well operations and reduced staff at our eastern Gulf of Mexico assets in preparation for potentially severe weather conditions in the region associated with Hurricane Irma. There are currently no impacts to production.

Hurricane Irma – Update ONE

Shell is monitoring the movements of Hurricane Irma to support the safety of our people and the integrity of our Gulf of Mexico and coastal assets.

Hurricane Harvey – Update Seven

Workers continue to return to the Perdido spar to perform inspections and test operating systems in anticipation of a safe, restart of the asset after Tropical Storm Harvey. 

Hurricane Harvey – Update Six

Crews are continuing to arrive onto Perdido to perform inspections, check operating systems, and prepare the spar for restart. Early inspections have not revealed any major damage to Perdido as a result of Tropical Storm Harvey’s impacts.

Hurricane Harvey – Update Five

The United States Coast Guard visually confirmed the structural integrity of Shell’s Perdido Spar during a fly-over on Saturday, August 26th. In addition, we can verify that Perdido’s on-board systems are functioning. We continue to monitor the asset from a state-of-the-art remote operation center in downtown New Orleans.

Hurricane Harvey – Update Four

By Thursday, August 24th, approximately 160 workers were returned to shore after the Perdido production spar was safely shut in. The Enchilada and Salsa platforms were also shut in Thursday, and a portion of the crew were brought in to shore today. A small crew will stay on site at Enchilada Salsa toensure the safe operation of the facility’s pipeline infrastructure, which is currently being used to transport oil and gas from Shell’s Auger production hub to shore.

Hurricane Harvey – Update Three

Shell safely shut in production and secured its Enchilada Salsa asset in response to downstream constraints created in preparation for Hurricane Harvey. As a safety precaution, Shell has reduced the number of people on the asset.

Hurricane Harvey – Update Two

Shell safely shut in production and secured its Perdido asset in preparation for severe weather associated with Tropical Depression Harvey. Shell is in the process of returning all personnel working on Perdido to shore. We continue to monitor this weather system and assess for potential impacts to our other operations in the western Gulf of Mexico. Shell's top priority is always the safety of our people, the environment and our assets.

Hurricane Harvey – Update One

Shell is continuing to monitor the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey. As a precautionary measure, we are taking steps to secure our assets in the western Gulf of Mexico in preparation for severe weather. There is no current impact to production. Shell's top priority is always the safety of our people, the environment and our assets.

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