UPDATE: Rough Seas Delay Gulf Production Activities

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Oil companies are continuing to fly workers back to offshore installations in the Gulf of Mexico, but still-rough currents are causing some delay, potentially stretching returns into Thursday, reports Reuters.

Monday, many U.S. oil producers shut-in Gulf production as Tropical Storm Ida headed toward the oil patch. According to the Minerals Management Service on Tuesday, more than 43% of Gulf oil production and more than a quarter of natural gas production was still offline as the storm passed over oil installations without any apparent material damage.

"Seas are down from what they were at the storm's passage," Jim Shugart, executive vice president at ERA Helicopters, told Reuters. "But they're still pretty rough out there because winds were high. Today's better. We should be through by the end of the day."

Enterprise's Independence Hub, which can process nearly one billion cubic feet of natural gas per day and is located in Mississippi Canyon Block 920, partially resumed production Wednesday morning, the report said.

Additionally, Gulf heavyweights BP, ExxonMobil, Shell and Chevron all confirmed that they saw little damage to their offshore platforms during initial inspections on Tuesday, following Ida's landfall, the report noted.

A significant offloading station for U.S. Gulf production, the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port reported that it was ready to receive crude carriers; however, choppy waters are hindering ships from docking at the port.

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