Hess shuts Gulf of Mexico assets after Enchilada fire

Marco Green
November 14, 2017

Royal Dutch Shell said on Tuesday that production at four oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico has been shut in the wake of a November 8 fire at its Enchilada platform.

Last week, Shell shut its Enchilada platform after a fire caused injuries to two people.

There were no signs that oil was on the water at the time of the incident. The fields in question are about 100 miles away from the nearest shoreline.

Hess said its share of production shut-in was 30,000 barrels of oil-equivalent per day (BOE/d), Kallanish Energy learns.

"On Saturday November 11, an assessment team confirmed isolation of the platform from the 30-inch gas export pipeline and no presence of uncontained hydrocarbons", a Shell spokesperson said. Production is also shut in at the Shell-operated Llano Field (Hess 50% interest). Shell advised in a statement on November 12 that a plan for repairing the damaged portions of the asset is being developed.

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