Tropical Storm Barry forces more evacuations in the Gulf of Mexico
NEW ORLEANS – Operators in the Gulf of Mexico have evacuated more platforms and rigs in response to Tropical Storm Barry, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).
Based on data from offshore operator reports submitted as of 11:30 CDT today, personnel have been evacuated from 191 production platforms, 28.55% of the 669 manned platforms in the GoM.
Personnel have been evacuated from seven non-dynamically positioned rigs, equivalent to 33.33% of the 21 rigs of this type currently operating in the Gulf.
Eleven DP rigs have moved off location out of the storm’s path as a precaution. This number represents 55% of the 20 DP rigs currently operating in the Gulf.
From operator reports, BSEE estimates that about 53.39% of the current oil production in the GoM has been shut-in, which equates to 1,009,012 b/d. It is also estimated that about 44.51% of the natural gas production, or 1,237.28 MMcf/d has been shut-in.