NEW ORLEANS – Offshore oil and gas operators have started to evacuate platforms and rigs in the Gulf of Mexico in preparation for Tropical Storm Zeta.
According to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), personnel have been evacuated from 10 production platforms. Currently, no personnel have been evacuated from non-dynamically positioned rigs operating in the Gulf.
Six DP rigs have moved off location.
From seven operator reports, BSEE estimates that about 15.87% of the current oil production and 6% of the natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico have been shut-in. This equates to 293,656 b/d of oil and 162.57 MMcf/d of gas.