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Shell starts first post-Macondo Gulf of Mexico platform

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By Kristen Hays

HOUSTON, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell said on Tuesday it is ramping up production at its newest Gulf of Mexico oil and gas platform, its first to start up after BP Plc’s 2010 Macondo oil spill fouled the basin and stopped drilling for months.

Shell’s Olympus platform, towed out to sea last summer, is the first of seven new state-of-the-art platforms slated to start pumping Gulf crude to shore through 2016, reversing a decline in output and supplementing the U.S. onshore shale oil boom.

“2014’s a big year for us in terms of starting up new production,” John Hollowell, Shell’s executive vice president for deepwater in the Americas, told Reuters in an interview.

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