Isaac Disrupts Gulf of Mexico Gas Flow
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Hurricane Isaac has forced oil companies to shut in two thirds of their central Gulf of Mexico natural gas production.
Many western Gulf production facilities remained on stream. Hurricane Isaac was due to make landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River in the evening of August 28.
The agency, which regulates drilling in federal waters, said 3 Bcfd of gas (85 x 106 m3/day), or 67% of normal production, had been shut in. Also shut in was 1.3 million bbl/d of oil, or 93% of the usual output.
Personnel were evacuated from 503 of the 596 manned production platforms in the gulf and from 49 of the 76 drilling rigs.
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