NEW ORLEANS – Offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico are evacuating more platforms and rigs in preparation for Hurricane Harvey, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.
Based on data from offshore operator reports submitted as of 11:30 CDT today, personnel have been evacuated from a total of 86 production platforms, 11.67%of the 737 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.
Personnel have been evacuated from four rigs (non-dynamically positioned (DP) rig), equivalent to 40% of the 10 rigs of this type currently operating in the Gulf.
One DP rig has moved off location out of the storm’s path as a precaution. This represents 4.7% of the 21 DP rigs currently operating in the Gulf.
From operator reports, it is estimated that about 21.55% of the current oil production of 1,750,000 b/d of oil in the Gulf of Mexico has been shut-in, which equates to 377,117 b/d. It is also estimated that approximately 23.24% of the natural gas production of 3,220 million cubic feet per day, or 748 MMcf/d in the Gulf of Mexico has been shut-in.