Anadarko: Shut-In 145,000 BOE/D, Includes Independence Hub

RIO DE JANEIRO Sep 20, 2007 (Dow Jones Newswires)

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (APC) is shutting down all of its operations in the east and east-central Gulf of Mexico, resulting in 145,000 barrels of oil equivalent shut-in, said spokesman John Christiansen Thursday.

The production comes from four platforms: Constitution, Neptune, Marco Polo and Independence. The last is producing about 250 million cubic feet of natural gas a day. The company evacuated 215 workers on Wednesday and is removing the remaining 85 on Thursday.

Oil companies are shutting in production ahead of a weather system near Florida they are calling Tropical Disturbance 50. The National Hurricane Center hasn't designated the system as a tropical disturbance, but sees potential for it to reach tropical cyclone status once it crosses into the Gulf of Mexico, said NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen.

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