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Shell standing down emergency response over Gulf fire

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Shell has stood down its emergency response activities over a fire on its Enchilada platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

On Saturday an assessment team confirmed the isolation of the platform from the 30-inch gas export pipeline which was thought to be at the centre of the blaze which broke out last week.

The team also found no presence of ‘uncontained’ hydrocarbons.

The supermajor is in the process of developing a plan for repairing the damaged portions of the asset and re-deploying personnel.

There is no timeline to resume normal operations.

More than 70 people from Shell and the United States Coast Guard worked together to respond to the incident.

Throughout the response, Shell did not observe any signs of oil on the water associated with this incident.

Shell and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) are investigating the cause of the incident.

No harm to people or the environment is ever acceptable and Shell said it “deeply regrets” that this incident occurred.

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