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Shell Oil said Monday that it is moving non-essential staff from the Gulf of Mexico as a low pressure system making its way to the region threatens to turn into a severe storm.

The company will move non-essential workers from its offshore platforms in the Gulf of Mexico as a precautionary measure and expects no negative impact on production, Reuters said.

Shell Oil, the U.S. arm of Royal Dutch Shell, said it is primarily moving support services workers who operate offshore platforms.

“Shell has initiated efforts to reduce non-essential personnel on some offshore assets as a precautionary measure in addition to normal preparations for heavy weather,” Shell spokesman Ray Fisher told Reuters.

The company did not disclose how many platforms will be affected by the temporary withdrawals.

The National Hurricane Center is warning that the system could turn into a tropical storm within the next 48 hours before it hits the Louisiana and Texas coastlines.

On Sunday, the Hurricane Center said there is an 80 percent chance the system will turn into a tropical cyclone.

As of Monday morning, the system was producing gale force winds up to 38 miles per hour, or about half the strength of category 1 hurricane winds.


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