Tropical Storm Edouard Forms Offshore Louisiana
by Rigzone Staff
Sunday, August 03, 2008
Just weeks after Hurricane Dolly pounced the South Texas coast, Tropical Storm Edouard has formed off the coast of Louisiana. According to NOAA, the storm is anticipated to follow the coast on a westerly track and make landfall somewhere along the Texas coast, South of Freeport. The storm is already packing 50 MPH winds and could easily become a hurricane before making landfall sometime Tuesday morning.
The path that Edouard has chosen is laden with mobile drilling rigs and fixed production platforms. NOAA is currently showing 50 knot wind speed probabilities that will encompass a good portion of the Gulf of Mexico jack-up fleet as well as several semisubs operating in deeper waters.
According to GOMExplorer.com
, Ensco and Rowan have the largest number of rigs directly in the path of Edouard with six each (see table below). Diamond and Pride both have 3 rigs in the storm’s immediate path with Hercules and Nabors also exposed.
Numerous operators and rig owners were contacted on Sunday and all were watching the storm very closely. Many had not begun evacuations but were strongly considering a move.
Stay tuned to Rigzone throughout the day for coverage of Edouard’s impact on the oil and gas sector.
Rowan Gorilla II
For more detailed information on oil and gas assets in the path of Edouard, please go to www.gomexplorer.com