MMS: '76.6% of Gulf Oil Production Still Shut-In'
Offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico are reboarding platforms and rigs and restoring production following both Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Ike. The Minerals Management Service is monitoring activities for both hurricanes through its Continuity of Operations Plan team. This team will be activated until operations return to normal.
Based on data from offshore operator reports submitted as of 11:30 a.m. CDT on September 22, personnel are evacuated from a total of 225 production platforms, equivalent to 31.4 % of the 717 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. Personnel from 7 rigs have also been evacuated; this is equivalent to 5.8 % of the 121 rigs currently operating in the Gulf.
From the operators' reports, it is estimated that approximately 76.6% 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 65.5 % 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.