MMS Says Most Gulf Production Still Shut-in



Offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico are reboarding platforms and rigs and restoring production following both Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Ike.  The Minerals Management Service is monitoring 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 562 production platforms, equivalent to 78.4 % of the 717 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. Production platforms are the structures located offshore from which oil and natural gas are produced. These structures remain in the same location throughout a project’s duration unlike drilling rigs which typically move from location to location.
 
Personnel from 82 rigs have also been evacuated; this is equivalent to 67.8 % of the 121 rigs currently operating in the Gulf.   Rigs can include several types of self-contained offshore drilling facilities including jackups, submersibles and semisubmersibles.
 
From the operators’ reports, it is estimated that approximately 99.9 % 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 93.8 % 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. 
 
As part of the evacuation process, personnel activate the shut-in procedure, which can also be accomplished from a remote location. This involves closing the safety valves located below the surface of the ocean to prevent the release of oil or gas. During Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the shut-in valves functioned 100 percent of the time, efficiently closing in production from wells and resulting in no major spills from the Outer Continental Shelf. Shutting-in oil and gas production is a standard procedure conducted by industry for safety and environmental reasons.
 
The production percentages are calculated using information submitted by offshore operators in daily reports. Shut-in production information included in these reports is based on what the operator expected to produce that day. The shut-in production figures therefore are estimates, which the MMS compares to historical production reports to ensure the estimates follow a logical pattern. 
 
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. The MMS will continue to update the evacuation and shut-in statistics at 1:00 p.m. CDT each day until these statistics are no longer significant.
 

Districts
 
Lake
Jackson
Lake
Charles
Lafayette
Houma
New
Orleans
Total
Platforms
Evacuated
89
126
127
120
100
562
Rigs
Evacuated
11
16
14
24
17
82
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oil, BOPD
Shut-in
69,696
36,670
160,059
433,645
598,239
1,298,309
Gas,
MMCF/D
Shut-in
1,235
789
1,212
948
2,758
6,942

 
This survey information is reflective of 89 companies’ reports as of 11:30 a.m. CST.  

 

Read more on the aftermath of Hurricane Ike in Rigzone's Special Coverage After the Storm.


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