MMS updates Hurricane Gustav evacuation statistics

Offshore staff

NEW ORLEANS -- The Minerals Management Service (MMS) has updated evacuation statistics for platforms and rigs in the path of Hurricane Gustav.

Based on data from offshore operator reports submitted today, personnel have been evacuated from 632 production platforms, equivalent to 88.2% of the 717 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

Personnel from 110 rigs have also been evacuated; this is equivalent to 90.9% of the 121 rigs currently operating in the Gulf.

From the operators' reports, it is estimated that approximately 100% of the oil production in the Gulf has been shut-in. Estimated current oil production from the Gulf of Mexico is 1.3 MMbbl/d of oil. It is also estimated that approximately 95.4% of the natural gas production in the Gulf has been shut-in. Estimated current natural gas production from the Gulf of Mexico is 7.4 bcf/d of gas.


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