Shell and Chevron shut Gulf of Mexico oil platforms after leak halts pipelines

Shell shuttered three deepwater platforms. In a press release supplied to CNN, Shell stated it’s “coordinating with local authorities and mobilizing personnel and equipment to assess the situation.”

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But late Thursday, a Shell spokesperson stated that repairs had been underway and that the corporate anticipated each pipelines to be again in service Friday. The leak, which the corporate stated concerned roughly two barrels of oil, was contained.

The firm confirmed that its Mars and Amberjack Pipelines had been shut as a result of of a leak on the Fourchon booster station. That outage prompted Shell to shut its Mars, Ursa and Olympus platforms.

Those three platforms produced a mean of 202,000 barrels per day in 2021, based on Shell. The United States produces practically 12 million barrels of oil per day.

Shell stated it’s taking a look at “alternative flow paths.” The firm’s “top priorities remain the protection of people, the community, the environment, and our assets,” the Shell stated in its assertion.

Chevron additionally confirmed to CNN the closure of three of its platforms: the Jack/St. Malo, Tahiti, and Big Foot services. Those three platforms are linked to the Amberjack Pipeline, the corporate stated.

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