Evacuations continue as Tropical Storm Barry heads for Louisiana

July 12, 2019

Offshore staff

NEW ORLEANS – Operators in the Gulf of Mexico have evacuated personnel from 257 production platforms and 10 non-DP rigs in response to Tropical Storm Barry, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).

The 257 production platforms are equivalent to 38.42% of the 669 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. The 10 non-DP rigs are equivalent to 47.6% of the 21 rigs of this type currently operating in the Gulf.

In addition, 11 DP rigs have moved off location out of the storm’s path as a precaution.

Based on data from offshore operator reports submitted as of 11:30 CDT today, BSEE estimates that about 58.74% of the current oil production in the Gulf of Mexico has been shut-in, which equates to 1,110,135 b/d.  It is also estimated that about 48.69% of the natural gas production, or 1,353.59 MMcf/d has been shut-in.

Anadarko reported it removed all personnel and shut in production at its Constitution, Heidelberg, Holstein, and Marco Polo platforms, and shut-in production at its Lucius and Marlin platforms due to downstream infrastructure closures.

Shell said non-essential personnel have been evacuated from seven of its potentially affected assets, and all rig operations have been secured. Also, the company said it continues to plan for potential impacts to midstream and downstream operations nearshore and shoreside along the Louisiana coast.