The operational incident involves a fire associated with a 30-inch gas export pipeline. Production at the Auger and Salsa platforms and nearby fields have been shut in. There is no visual evidence of oil on the water near the incident site. The source of the fire is isolated. For safety reasons, we have chosen to allow the gas discharge (3-6 foot flame) to burn while the pipeline is being safely depressurized.
Nearly 60 Shell employees and representatives from the United States Coast Guard (USCG) were mobilized and are safely responding to this incident. USCG and Shell contracted vessels are on site monitoring the situation. As a precautionary measure, a Clean Gulf Association oil spill response vessel has been mobilized, and other vessels are on standby.
Shell personnel performed a visual assessment of the Enchilada platform and based on those observations, the asset appears to be structurally sound. A more detailed analysis of the platform will be conducted.
No harm to people or the environment is ever acceptable and Shell deeply regrets that this incident occurred.
Shell, USCG and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement are investigating the cause.