Gulf operators evacuating ahead of developing storm

Gulf of Mexico operators have begun evacuating platforms and rigs in the path of the Tropical Area of Investigation 93 L, according to the MMS.

Offshore staff

NEW ORLEANS -- Gulf of Mexico operators have begun evacuating platforms and rigs in the path of the Tropical Area of Investigation 93 L, according to the MMS.

According to the latest report from Impact Weather (via www.offshore-mag.com), a low pressure system off the southwest coast of Florida is expected to move northwest tonight and into the central GoM by early Friday. The low is projected to move inland over southeast Louisiana by late Saturday and possibly develop into a tropical or sub-tropical cyclone.

As of 11:30 a.m. CST today, personnel have been evacuated from five production platforms, equivalent to 0.6% percent of the manned platforms in the GoM, and workers from three rigs have been evacuated, equivalent to 3.3% of the rigs currently operating in the region.

It is estimated that approximately 27.7% (360,169 b/d) of the oil production in the Gulf has been shut-in and approximately 16.7% (1,288 MMcf/d) of the natural gas production in the region has been shut-in.

The MMS says it will continue to update the evacuation and shut-in statistics at 1 p.m. CST each day until these statistics are no longer significant.

9/20/2007

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