Hurricane Ike Heads to Texas
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In preparation for Hurricane Ike, offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico have stopped re-boarding platforms and rigs following Hurricane Gustav and are maintaining the evacuated status to protect against harm. The Minerals Management Service (MMS) continues to monitor activities for both hurricanes through its Continuity of Operations Plan team. This team will be activated until operations return to normal.
Based on data from offshore operator reports submitted as of 11:30 a.m. CDT today, personnel have been evacuated from a total of 452 production platforms, equivalent to 63.0 % of the 717 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.
Personnel from 81 rigs have also been evacuated; this is equivalent to 66.9 % of the 121 rigs currently operating in the Gulf.
From the operators’ reports, it is estimated that approximately 95.9 % 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 73.1 % 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.
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.