FORBES/AFX News Limited: Shell, BP evacuate Gulf of Mexico workers due to Hurricane Katrina: “Shell, in a statement, said it will evacuate around 120 non-essential staff from the eastern part of its Gulf operations as a 'precaution'.”: Friday 26 August 2005
LONDON (AFX) - Royal Dutch Shell PLC and BP PLC have evacuated workers from their platforms in the Gulf of Mexico as Hurricane Katrina heads towards the area.
Shell, in a statement, said it will evacuate around 120 non-essential staff from the eastern part of its Gulf operations as a 'precaution'.
A BP spokesman said it will also evacuate a still undetermined number of workers.
Both companies said the move will not affect their Gulf production.
Katrina came ashore in Florida on Thursday, killing at least three people and leaving about 1.5 mln homes without power.
It weakened to a tropical storm as it moved inland, but was expected to regain hurricane strength as it barrels over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
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