Offshore Rigs in the Path of the Storm
Hurricane Gustav is not only affecting oil and gas production today, but also future production by stalling exploration efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. The US Minerals Management Service reported on Sept. 1 that staff from 100 drilling rigs was evacuated as safety precautions ahead of Hurricane Gustav. Equal to nearly 83% of the operating rigs in the GOM, there are only 21 rigs that are in operation today.
Rigs Affected by Hurricane Gustav
According to data provided by GOMExplorer.com, there were a total of 74 offshore rigs that were affected by Hurricane Gustav. Thirty-two offshore rigs, including 24 jackups, one submersible, six semisubmersibles and one drillship, sustained hurricane-force winds. An additional 42 drilling rigs withstood tropical storm-force winds, including 29 jackups, 10 semisubs and three drillships.
|Hurricane Force Winds||Tropical Storm Force Winds|
Blake 151 |
Rowan Gorilla IV
Noble Joe Alford
Noble Jim Thompson
Pride New Mexico
Noble Amos Runner
Noble Paul Romano
GSF Development Driller I
GSF Development Driller II
GSF CR Luigs
To better assess damage caused this hurricane season, GOMExplorer now offers users another map layer that portrays wind speeds and storm paths.
While unofficial reports have trickled in stating that damage, if any, is minimal; rig contractors are currently conducting fly-over inspections of their fleets. Official damage reports are expected in a few days.
|Read more on preparations for Gustav in Rigzone's Special Coverage Gearing Up for Gustav.|