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Shell: Offshore restaffing begins, more next week

HOUSTON, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Shell RDSa.L has begun restaffing offshore oil facilities after Hurricane Ike and aims to be at full strength as soon as possible, the company said on Sunday.

About 50 people redeployed Saturday to facilities out of the direct path of Ike and 170 more were expected to return Sunday to begin checking for damage, assessing repair needs and preparing to restart production, Shell said.

“Redeployments to Shell-operated assets will continue next week until we reach our pre-storm staffing levels of about 1,400 people,” a news release said.

“Production ramp up at each facility will vary, depending on damage assessments and repairs, as well as downstream oil and gas infrastructure readiness,” Shell said. (Reporting by Bruce Nichols; Editing by Andre Grenon)

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