GOM Gets Back to Work after Isaac

Offshore oil and gas workers in the Gulf of Mexico continued to re-board platforms and rigs over the weekend after the path of Hurricane Isaac forced them to evacuate early last week.

According to a Bureau of Safety and Environment Enforcement (BSEE), reports so far indicate mainly minor damage to offshore facilities. The BSEE said in a statement Sunday that oil and gas operators are continuing to assess their facilities and submitting damage reports to it as required.

Based on data collected at 11.30 a.m. Central Daylight Time on Sunday, personnel remained evacuated on a total of 131 production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico out of a total of 596 of the usually-manned platforms there. Meanwhile, 18 rigs out of the 76 currently operated in the Gulf remained evacuated by lunchtime Sunday.

From operator reports, it was estimated that approximately 71.5 percent of the current daily oil production in the Gulf has been shut in, while around 55.6 percent of the current daily natural gas production there has also been shut in.

Separately from the BSEE, Chevron Corporation and Anadarko Petroleum issued updates about their facilities over the weekend.

On Saturday, Chevron said it was continuing to redeploy personnel to its offshore facilities in the Gulf and to restore production that was shut in as a result of Hurricane Isaac. It added that its Pascagoula Refinery continues to operate, with the refinery temporarily running at a reduced rate for precautionary reasons.

Anadarko issued a statement Sunday in which it said it had safely re-staffed its operated facilities in the eastern and central Gulf and expected to continue start-up activities throughout the day, with production commencing as third-party-operated pipelines and infrastructure allow.

BP stated it began redploying its workers in the Gulf late last week. 



A former engineer, Jon is an award-winning editor who has covered the technology, engineering and energy sectors since the mid-1990s. Email Jon at jmainwaring@rigzone.com


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