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Shell Enchilada Oil Platform Shut after Fire


Royal Dutch Shell Plc shut its Enchilada oil platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, located about 185 miles southwest of New Orleans, after a fire broke out which caused injuries to two people, Reuters reports. The platform serves as an oil and gas processing and transportation hub linking deep water developments in the Gulf of Mexico to shore in South Louisiana, according to information publicly disclosed by Shell. It has a production capacity of 60K b/d and also includes hub facilities to several pipeline systems with an overall export capacity of 250K b/d.

At present, all personnel aboard the platform is evacuated and the fire has been reduced to a small flame in one of the pipelines located about 112 nautical miles south of Vermilion Bay, Louisiana. Shell has issued a statement suggesting that the source of the fire has been identified, and that the nearby Salsa and Auger platforms are also temporarily shut down for safety reasons.