Murphy Oil Reports Status of Deepwater Production Facilities
Murphy Oil Corporation reports, based on preliminary inspections, only minimal damage has been sustained as a result of Hurricane Katrina to the Company's operated producing facilities at Front Runner (37.5%) and Medusa (60%) in the Gulf of Mexico. The Front Runner field is located in 3,500 feet of water on Green Canyon Blocks 338 and 339, approximately 135 miles south-southeast of Houma, Louisiana. The Medusa facility is located in 2,200 feet of water on Mississippi Canyon Blocks 538 and 582 approximately 70 miles south of New Orleans. No assessment has been made regarding pipelines, nor can any estimated timeline be given at this time for restarting either facility or any of our other offshore Louisiana production.
Some flooding occurred at the Company's 125,000 barrel a day refinery in Meraux, Louisiana. While repair to part of the plant's electrical equipment and instrumentation, as well as a general cleanup of the facility, will be necessary, the refinery appears to have sustained no major damage from the storm. However, no estimate can be provided regarding timing of start-up.
Claiborne P. Deming, Murphy's President and Chief Executive
Officer, commented, "Foremost, we extend our sympathies to all of
those impacted by Hurricane Katrina including, of course, the many
Murphy employees and their families in the Greater New Orleans area.
We are currently trying to locate all of our employees and assist them
so they can begin to rebuild their lives. In terms of damage
assessments to facilities and infrastructure, it is too early to tell
when damages can be repaired, but we consider ourselves very lucky to
have apparently escaped material harm. We will continue to keep you
informed of the status of our operations as we obtain more information
in the coming weeks."
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