MMS Cites Failures to Report, 58.8% of Gulf Production Still Shut-In


There were failures to report by some operators on September 29 and September 30, 2008. Steps have been taken to ensure full compliance with the prescribed deadlines in the future. Since the statistics are based on the operators' reports, both the evacuation and shut-in production figures provided for September 29 and September 30 are inaccurate. Due to the nature of the calculations, the statistics from those two days will not be recalculated.


Based on data from offshore operator reports submitted as of 11:30 a.m. CDT today, personnel are evacuated from a total of 123 production platforms, equivalent to 17.2 % of the 694 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. Personnel from 1 rig are evacuated; this is equivalent to 0.9% of the 116 rigs currently operating in the Gulf.


From the operators' reports, it is estimated that approximately 58.8% of the oil production in the Gulf is shut-in. As of June 2008, estimated oil production from the Gulf of Mexico is 1.3 million barrels of oil per day. It is also estimated that approximately 47.7% of the natural gas production in the Gulf is 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.



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