NEW ORLEANS -- Offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of
Mexico are evacuating platforms and rigs in the path of Tropical Storm
Edouard. The Minerals Management Service has activated its Continuity
of Operations Plan team to monitor the operators' activities.
Based on data from offshore operator reports, personnel have been
evacuated from 23 production platforms, equivalent to 3.2% of the 717
manned platforms in the GoM.
Personnel from six rigs have also been evacuated; this is equivalent to
4.8% of the 125 rigs currently operating in the Gulf.
From the operators' reports, it is estimated that approximately 0.87% of
the oil production in the Gulf has been shut-in and approximately 7.21%
of the natural gas production in the Gulf has been shut-in.