APPOMATTOX OIL PLATFORM- This deepwater drilling base 80 miles off the Louisiana coast had not produced a drop of oil for Royal Dutch Shell plc since Hurricane Ida. Getting it back on was proving to be an extraordinary challenge.
Power had to be restored after a key fuse blew after an apparent lightning strike. At least one of the four giant cranes needed to load diesel to the generators had to be brought back into service so that a boat could restore the platform’s backup fuel supply, which was worth two days. More than 30 miles of pipe on board had to be inspected for leaks.