NEW ORLEANS -- Offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico are re-boarding platforms and rigs, and restoring production following hurricanes Gustav and Ike.
Based on data from offshore operator reports submitted to the Minerals Management Service today, personnel were evacuated from 225 production platforms, equivalent to 31.4% of the 717 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.
Personnel from seven rigs also were evacuated. This is equivalent to 5.8% of the 121 rigs currently operating in the Gulf.
From the operators' reports, it is estimated that approximately 76.6% of the oil production in the Gulf is shut-in. It is also estimated that approximately 65.5% of the natural gas production in the region is shut-in.