HOUSTON – Operators are evacuating some of their oil and gas personnel in advance of tropical storm Cindy, which is forecast to come ashore early Thursday somewhere near the Texas-Louisiana state line, according to a US National Hurricane Center advisory. The storm was reported to have top winds of 45 miles an hour late Tuesday.
Enbridge has evacuated nonessential workers from some platforms in the Gulf. Royal Dutch Shell said it suspended some offshore well operations but production was so far unaffected. BP and Anadarko have also evacuated non-essential personnel. BHP Billiton suspended non-essential operations and demobilized non-essential workers.
In addition, vessel offloading at the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) marine terminal has been suspended. The rest of the company’s operations, including deliveries from its Clovelly, Louisiana, hub, were expected to continue, according to the company’s website.