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Shell confirms two killed after accident at Auger platform in Gulf of Mexico

(Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell <RDSa.L> confirmed two people were killed as a result of an incident at its Auger Tension Leg Platform in the deep-water U.S. Gulf of Mexico on Sunday morning.

"One other non-life-threatening injury was sustained and that individual is being treated at a nearby hospital," Shell said in an emailed response on Monday.

The accident occurred Sunday morning during a routine and mandatory test of a lifeboat launch and retrieval capabilities at the platform, located 214 miles south of New Orleans. Shell did not release details about the deaths.

The platform has not been shut down and continues to run smoothly, a Shell spokesperson said.

According to the company website, Auger began producing energy in September 2014 from the Cardamom oil and gas field, which could produce up to 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) each day.

(Reporting by Swati Verma and Ron Bousso; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Bill Trott)