MMS Cites Production Evacuations, Shut-ins as Ike Heads for GOM


Hurricane Ike Gains on GOM
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Hurricane Ike at 2 PM, Tuesday
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Based on data from offshore operator reports submitted to MMS as of 11:30 a.m. CDT today, personnel have been evacuated from a total of 167 production platforms, equivalent to 23.3 % of the 717 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

Personnel from 44 rigs have also been evacuated; this is equivalent to 36.4% of the 121 rigs currently operating in the Gulf.

From the operators’ reports, it is estimated that approximately 77.5 % of the oil production in the Gulf has been shut-in. As of June 2008, estimated oil production from the Gulf of Mexico was 1.3 million barrels of oil per day. It is also estimated that approximately 64.8% of the natural gas production in the Gulf has been shut-in. As of June 2008, estimated natural gas production from the Gulf of Mexico was 7.0 billion cubic feet of gas per day. Since that time, gas production from the Independence Hub facility has increased and current gas production from the Gulf is estimated at 7.4 billion cubic feet of gas per day.

After the hurricane has passed, facilities will be inspected. Once all standard checks have been completed, production from undamaged facilities will be brought back on line immediately. Facilities sustaining damage may take longer to bring back on line.

Read more on preparations for Hurricane Ike in Rigzone's Special Coverage Preparing for Ike to Strike.
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