Overnight on November 8, there was an operational incident at the Shell Enchilada platform located at Garden Banks Block 128 in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Shell activated an Incident Command team, identified the source of the incident, and actively responded to the situation. A morning U.S. Coast Guard overflight confirmed no signs of oil on the water.
Production at the Enchilada and Salsa platforms is shut-in, and Shell notified authorities of the incident. The safety of our people and the environment are our priorities. All 46 people working on the platform were safely evacuated to Shell’s Salsa asset and a nearby vessel, per emergency response protocol. Two individuals injured in the incident were transferred to a hospital for treatment. The families of these individuals have been notified.
Production at Shell’s Auger tension-leg platform and nearby fields is also shut in, in addition to a gas export, 30-inch pipeline.
No harm to people or the environment is ever acceptable, and Shell deeply regrets that this incident occurred.
We will conduct an investigation to determine the cause.