Operators return to facilities following Alex

Offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico are beginning to re-board platforms and rigs, and restore production following Hurricane Alex, according to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement’s (BOEMRE) Continuity of Operations Plan team.

Offshore Staff

NEW ORLEANS— Offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico are beginning to re-board platforms and rigs, and restore production following Hurricane Alex, according to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement’s (BOEMRE) Continuity of Operations Plan team.

As of July 1, personnel had been evacuated from a total of 69 production platforms, equivalent to 10.88% of the 634 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. Personnel from six rigs had also been evacuated, equal to 11.76% of the 51 rigs currently operating in the Gulf.

From the operator reports, it is estimated that approximately 21.39% of the oil production in the Gulf has been shut-in. It is also estimated that approximately 13.7% of the natural gas production in the Gulf has been shut-in. Estimated energy production from the Gulf of Mexico as of March 2010 was 1.6 MM bpd of oil and 6.4 bcfd of gas.

After the hurricane has passed, facilities will be inspected. Once all standard checks have been completed, production from undamaged facilities will be brought back on line immediately.

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