Mariner Energy says approximately 60 MMcfe per day of production net to Mariner's interest was
shut-in initially as a result of the effects of Hurricane Rita. Approximately
18 MMcfe per day of production has been restored, and we anticipate that a
majority of the remaining shut-in production will be back on line within the
next two to four weeks. Based upon visual inspections, damage to Mariner's
operated platforms appears minimal; however, production from three of the
platforms remains shut-in pending recommencement of operations at the
associated onshore pipelines. First reports from operators of other
facilities that handle our production indicate varying degrees of damage to
their facilities, the full extent of which may not be known for some time. We
are not aware of any damage to any of our subsea facilities or flow lines at
The Noble Joe Alford submersible rig engaged in drilling operations on
Mariner's East Cameron Block 79 property was moved off location by Hurricane
Rita. We are currently evaluating the resulting damage to the rig and well.
That operation as well as other planned operations will be delayed as a result
of the hurricane.
The information provided herein regarding production and estimated delays
is based on preliminary assessments and may change as further information
becomes available. Mariner will provide an update regarding the status of its
operations as meaningful new information is obtained.