NEW ORLEANS -- The Minerals Management Services has updated information on platform and rig evacuations in the path of Tropical Storm Edouard.
Based on data from offshore operator reports submitted as of 11:30 a.m. CST today, personnel have been evacuated from 154 production platforms, equivalent to 21.5 % of the 717 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.
Personnel from nine rigs have also been evacuated; this is equivalent to 7.2 % of the 125 rigs currently operating in the Gulf.
From the operators' reports, it is estimated that approximately 6.0 % of the oil production in the Gulf has been shut-in. Estimated oil production from the area as of January 2008 was 1.3 MMbbl/d of oil. It is also estimated that approximately 12.3 % of the natural gas production in the Gulf has been shut-in.