Operators begin re-staffing rigs, facilities in the Gulf of Mexico after Tropical Storm Bonnie

By Phaedra Friend Troy

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement reported that oil and gas operators have begun re-boarding drilling rigs and production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico after the passage of Tropical Storm Bonnie

Look to PennEnergy’s Global Offshore Weather Report daily to find out the most up-to-date information about this storm, as well as wind, weather and wave information for the four busiest offshore regions worldwide.

In preparation for the storm, 106 platforms were evacuated and 1.6 million barrels of oil per day and 6.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day were curtailed, which represents 51.65 percent of the oil production and 23.53 percent of the natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico. Additionally, 15 drilling rigs were evacuated drilling companies.

As of Sunday, personnel had returned to 22 production platforms and five of the drilling rigs that had been evacuated. Production has been restarted as well, with 53.35 percent of the oil production and 77.97 percent of the natural gas production back up and running.

Offshore facilities must be inspected after the passage of the storm before recommencing production or drilling activities.

At the Macondo oil spill site on Mississippi Canyon Block 252 in the deepwaters of the Gulf of Mexico, the two rigs performing relief well drilling have been remobilized and commenced hook-up activities.

The support vessels have also returned to the spill site.

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