Hurricane Ida- Update #14
September 8, 2021 21:00 CST
(Issued at 9:00 PM CST): Shell continues to actively monitor the impact of Hurricane Ida to our assets in Louisiana and in the communities where we operate.
We are now beginning the process of redeploying personnel to our Appomattox asset, and continuing redeployment to our Enchilada/Salsa and Auger assets. Our Perdido asset in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico was never disrupted by the hurricane and our floating production, storage and offloading vessel, the Turritella (also known as Stones) is online as well.
Our remaining Shell Deep Water assets---Appomattox, Mars, Olympus, Ursa, Auger, and Enchilada/Salsa--remain shut in. Approximately 80% of Shell-operated production is currently offline. Our inspections on board confirm that there is no significant structural damage to these Shell Deep Water assets impacted by the storm. Our crews will focus on making any necessary repairs in a safe, sustainable manner.
Damage assessments continue at our West Delta-143 (WD-143) offshore facility, operated by Shell Pipeline. We are working to understand the full extent of the damage and the degree to which production in the Gulf of Mexico will be impacted.
We re-staffed Shell Pipeline’s South Pass 89 asset yesterday and Main Pass 69 asset today and are now working to finalize assessment of the platform and pipelines. A standup test will be conducted prior to restart of the pipeline. We also re-staffed Green Canyon 19 asset yesterday and completed assessments. The platform returned to service this morning. Amberjack pipeline will be available for producers upstream of Green Canyon 19 with deliveries to Ship Shoal 332. At this time, we are not able to provide service downstream to Fourchon.
Platform startup will remain dependent on the availability of downstream infrastructure including pipelines and delivery locations.
Our Norco manufacturing facility continues to assess impacts. The site is still without electrical power and remains in the elevated flare with visible smoking. We are continuing to complete repairs and are making visible improvements to minimize flaring until power is restored. Air monitoring is being conducted on the fence line and we are utilizing a 3rd party resource for air monitoring in the community. We will continue this monitoring through the duration of this event.
Our Geismar manufacturing facility was shut down proactively in advance of the storm. Geismar did not lose power and experienced minimal damage. The site is working to restore its nitrogen supply and prepare for a safe and deliberate restart based on utility and feedstock availability from external suppliers.
Our recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Ida include caring for our people and the communities where they live and work. Shell’s fueling resource team is working with impacted parishes to deliver fuel for public safety and emergency response vehicles.
As always, Shell’s top priority is the safety of our people, the environment, and our assets.
To find out more about our hurricane preparedness, please visit the Shell Hurricane Center: www.shell.us/stormcenter.