MMS updates GoM evacuation numbers

Offshore staff

NEW ORLEANS -- The Minerals Management Services has updated information on platform and rig evacuations in the path of Tropical Storm Edouard.

Based on data from offshore operator reports submitted as of 11:30 a.m. CST today, personnel have been evacuated from 154 production platforms, equivalent to 21.5 % of the 717 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

Personnel from nine rigs have also been evacuated; this is equivalent to 7.2 % of the 125 rigs currently operating in the Gulf.

From the operators' reports, it is estimated that approximately 6.0 % of the oil production in the Gulf has been shut-in. Estimated oil production from the area as of January 2008 was 1.3 MMbbl/d of oil. It is also estimated that approximately 12.3 % of the natural gas production in the Gulf has been shut-in.


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