HOUSTON– As Florida prepares for Hurricane Irma to make landfall this weekend, offshore oil and gas operators in the eastern Gulf of Mexico are evacuating platforms and rigs.
BP says that it has secured offshore facilities for heavy weather and has evacuated non-essential personnel from the Thunder Horse platform and theWest Vela drilling rig. In addition, the company is also preparing for the possible evacuation of remaining offshore workers and the shut-in of production at facilities if needed. However, no production is shut-in at this time.
Anadarko says that as a precautionary measure it is removing non-essential personnel from its operated facilities in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Production has not been affected at this time.