GOM Rigs, Vessels Weather Storm with No Damage from Gustav

After operators and service companies' post-hurricane assessments of assets and the safety of offshore personnel on Tuesday, an update has been issued underscoring the affects of Gustav on rigs and vessels located in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to the IEA, which assessed the situation with the US government on September 2, no major damages were caused by Hurricane Gustav to the oil infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico.

One of the world's largest offshore drilling contractors, Pride International, completed its air reconnaissance effort, and reported that all of its jackup rigs located in or near the path of Hurricane Gustav have been accounted for in the same pre-storm condition. Pride's offshore personnel commenced redeployment to these rigs and will continue to inspect for any occurrence of damage.

Moreover, Transocean sent out two spotter planes yesterday and determined that all three moored rigs remain in location, with no visible signs of damage. The Company is planning to send startup crews to the rigs to check what damage, if any, exists and to start up the rigs' engines.

Noble Corporation's own fly-over assessment revealed no apparent damage to any of the five deepwater units operating in the Gulf. The Company plans to carry out a more thorough investigation and anticipates that crew members will return to their assigned rigs within the week.

Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. also reported that it has experienced no damage to any of its vessels as a result of the hurricane, including those currently under construction in GOM shipyards. The Company’s new generation offshore supply vessel fleet continues to operate at pre-storm levels of 100% utilization.

Read more on preparations for Gustav in Rigzone's Special Coverage Gearing Up for Gustav.

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