Oil Majors Evacuate Non-Essential Staff in Gulf

HOUSTON - Chevron Corp. said Friday it has begun evacuating nonessential workers from its oil and gas operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico as Tropical Storm Isaac moves toward the area.

Chevron didn't say from which offshore operations it had pulled employees. Production had not yet been affected, the company said.

The storm is currently south of Hispaniola in the Caribbean and is expected to reach the U.S Gulf of Mexico Monday.

Apache Evacuating Nonessential Staff From Eastern U.S. Gulf

Apache Corp. said Friday it has begun pulling nonessential staff from its oil and gas operations in the eastern side of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, as Tropical Storm Isaac heads toward the area.

Apache spokesman John Roper called it "a precautionary measure."

Shell Prepares to Evacuate Non-Essential Staff in Gulf

Royal Dutch Shell Plc. is preparing to evacuate non-essential workers in the eastern and central Gulf of Mexico in preparation for Tropical Storm Isaac, the company said Friday.

Drilling operations have been suspended on some assets in those areas, but production of oil and gas hasn't been affected, the company said.

BP said earlier Friday it is evacuating personnel on some of its platforms in the Gulf as the storm moves westward. The National Hurricane Center said in its most recent update that the storm strengthened somewhat as it moved toward the southern coast of Hispaniola.

BP Suspending Production at Thunder Horse Ahead of Storm

BP PLC said Friday it has begun evacuating all workers from its Thunder Horse platform in the eastern U.S. Gulf of Mexico, and will suspend oil and gas production there in preparation for Tropical Storm Isaac.

Thunder Horse is BP's largest deep-water producing field. BP's semisubmersible facility there has the capacity to produce 250,000 barrels of oil a day and 200 million cubic feet a day of natural gas. The platform's quarters can house 298 people, according to BP's website.

The company also said it is evacutating nonessential personnel from its offshore facilities in Mississippi Canyon, including Na Kika, Horn Mountain and Marlin. It may take additional measures to secure workers at those sites, depending on the storm's path, the company said.

Other oil companies in the gulf have said they are continuing to monitor the storm.

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