Anadarko Shuts in Production of 3 Platforms in GOM

HOUSTON (Dow Jones Newswires), July 22, 2008

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (APC) is shutting in production and is removing about 180 workers from three platforms in the western Gulf of Mexico on fears of Tropical Storm Dolly, the company said Tuesday.

The evacuation of both employees and contractors began late Monday evening, said company spokesman John Christiansen. Production was shut in on spars, or platforms located south of Houston, Christiansen said.

"The safety of our employees is our top priority," Christiansen said.

The production spars shut in are Gunnison, Boomvang and Nansen, Christiansen said. The spars are located in depths of more than 3,000 feet, according to the company's Web site.

Dolly strengthened slightly Tuesday, and it is forecast to become a hurricane within 24 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center. A hurricane warning was issued for the Texas coast from Brownsville to Port O'Connor, which is located halfway between Corpus Christi and Houston. Anadarko joins other companies including, Exxon Mobil Corp.(XOM), Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA) and Chevron Corp. (CVX) in evacuating personnel from the Gulf.

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