Shell and Chevron close oil platforms in Gulf of Mexico after leak shuts down pipelines

Shell closed three deepwater platforms. In a statement provided to CNN, Shell said it was “coordinating with local authorities and mobilizing personnel and equipment to assess the situation.”

But late on Thursday, a Shell spokesman said repairs were ongoing and that the company expects both pipelines to return to service on Friday. The leak, which the company says is linked to about two barrels of oil, has been contained.

The company confirmed that its Mars and Amberjack pipelines were shut down due to a leak at the Fourchon booster station. This failure prompted Shell to shut down its Mars, Ursa and Olympus platforms.

In 2021, these three platforms were producing an average of 202,000 barrels per day, according to Shell. The United States produces almost 12 million barrels of oil per day.

Shell said it was looking for “alternative flow paths”. “The protection of people, society, the environment and our assets remains a top priority for the company,” Shell said in a statement.

Chevron also confirmed to CNN the closure of three of its platforms: Jack/St. Premises Malo, Tahiti and Big Foot. The three platforms are connected to the Amberjack pipeline, the company says.

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