NEW ORLEANS –Offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico are evacuating platforms and rigs in preparation for Tropical Storm Nate, 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 a total of 66 production platforms, 8.96% of the 737 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.
Personnel have been evacuated from five rigs (non-dynamically positioned (DP) rigs), equivalent to 20% of the 20 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 61% of the 18 DP rigs currently operating in the Gulf.
From operator reports, it is estimated that approximately 71.1% of the current oil production in the Gulf of Mexico has been shut-in, which equates to 1,243,753 b/d of oil. It is also estimated that approximately 53.2% of the natural gas production, or 1,713.31 MMcf/d in the Gulf of Mexico, has been shut-in. The production percentages are calculated using information submitted by offshore operators in daily reports.
The BSEE says it will continue to update the evacuation and shut-in statistics at 1:00 p.m. CDT each day as appropriate.