HOUSTON – Offshore operators and contractors are returning to work in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of Hurricane Nate. Workers have returned to all but a handful of manned production platforms after evacuations that took place before the storm.
Roughly 24% of the oil production in the Gulf, which is more than 425,000 b/d of oil, remains offline, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Friday. Only 20 of the Gulf’s 737 manned platforms remained evacuated.
Last Saturday, BSEE said drillers had shut in 92% of the region’s crude production, and evacuated more than 300 manned platforms as Hurricane Nate approached.
Companies had also taken 77% of the Gulf’s natural gas production offline, about 2.5 MMc/fd. On Friday, BSEE estimated that only 12% of the region’s gas output was still shut down.