NEW ORLEANS -- Offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico are re-boarding platforms and rigs and restoring production following both Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Ike.
The Minerals Management Service (MMS) has recalculated the number of manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico since 23 manned platforms have been confirmed destroyed from Hurricane Ike. Based on data from offshore operator reports submitted today, personnel are evacuated from 179 production platforms, equivalent to 25.8% of the 694 manned platforms in the GoM.
The total number of rigs currently operating in the Gulf has been recalculated to allow for the number of rigs destroyed or severely damaged as a result of Hurricane Ike. The recalculated figure is 116 rigs. Personnel from three rigs are evacuated; this is equivalent to 2.6% of the 116 rigs currently operating in the Gulf.
From the operators' reports, it is estimated that approximately 59.3% of the oil production in the Gulf is shut-in. It is also estimated that approximately 56.4% of the natural gas production in the Gulf is shut-in.