NEW ORLEANS -- Offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico have evacuated platforms and rigs, and have shut-in oil and natural gas production in preparation for Hurricane Ike. According to the Minerals Management Service (MMS) most of this preparation had been already completed in advance of Hurricane Gustav.
Based on data from offshore operator reports submitted today, personnel have been evacuated from 596 production platforms, equivalent to 83.1% of the 717 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.
Personnel from 101 rigs have also been evacuated; this is equivalent to 83.5% of the 121 rigs currently operating in the Gulf.
From the operators' reports, it is estimated that approximately 97.5% of the oil production in the Gulf has been shut-in. It is also estimated that approximately 94.4% of the natural gas production in the Gulf has been shut-in.