MMS Cites 599 Production Platforms Still Evacuated, Shut-in
Based on data from offshore operator reports submitted to the MMS as of 11:30 a.m. CST today, personnel have been evacuated from a total of 599 production platforms, equivalent to 83.5 % of the 717 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.
Personnel from 91 rigs have also been evacuated; this is equivalent to 75.2 % of the 121 rigs currently operating in the Gulf.
From the operators' reports, it is estimated that approximately 95.8 % of the oil production in the Gulf has been shut-in. Estimated current oil production from the Gulf of Mexico is 1.3 million barrels of oil per day. It is also estimated that approximately 91.6 % of the natural gas production in the Gulf has been shut-in. Estimated current natural gas production from the Gulf of Mexico is 7.4 billion cubic feet of gas per day.
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