Gulf of Mexico operators take storm precautions

Offshore staff

NEW ORLEANS – Offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico are evacuating platforms and rigs in the path of Tropical Depression No. 9, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. 

The BSEE Hurricane Response Team is activated and monitoring the operators’ activities.

Based on data from offshore operator reports submitted as of 11:30 a.m. CDT today, personnel have been evacuated from six production platforms, equivalent to 0.77% of the 781 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

Personnel have been evacuated from one rig (non-dynamically positioned rig), equivalent to 6.25% of the 16 rigs of this type currently operating in the Gulf.

A total of five DP rigs have moved off location out of the storm’s path as a precaution. This number represents 20% of the 25 DP rigs currently operating in the Gulf.

From operator reports, it is estimated that approximately 11.48% of the current oil production in the Gulf of Mexico has been shut-in. It is also estimated that approximately 5.51% of the natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico has been shut-in.  


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