MMS: '81 Platforms Still Evacuated, 38.9% of Gulf Oil Shut-In'
Offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico are reboarding platforms 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 today, personnel are evacuated from a total of 81 production platforms, equivalent to 11.7% of the 694 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. There are no longer any evacuated rigs in the Gulf.
From the operators' reports, it is estimated that approximately 38.9% 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 37.0% 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.
The MMS will continue to update the evacuation and shut-in statistics at 1:00 p.m. CDT each Tuesday and Thursday.