MMS updates Hurricane Gustav statistics; preparations begin for Ike

Offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico who are re-boarding platforms and rigs and restoring production following Hurricane Gustav are now starting to take precautions for Hurricane Ike.

Offshore staff

NEW ORLEANS -- Offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico who are re-boarding platforms and rigs and restoring production following Hurricane Gustav are now starting to take precautions for Hurricane Ike. The Minerals Management Service (MMS) is monitoring activities for both hurricanes through its Continuity of Operations Plan team.

Based on data from offshore operator reports submitted yesterday, personnel have been evacuated from 202 production platforms, equivalent to 28.2 % of the 717 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

Personnel from 10 rigs have also been evacuated; this is equivalent to 8.3 % of the 121 rigs currently operating in the Gulf.

From the operators' reports, it is estimated that approximately 79.8 % of the oil production in the Gulf has been shut-in. It is also estimated that approximately 70.0 % of the natural gas production in the Gulf has been shut-in.

09/08/2008

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