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[Updated] BSEE: 24.3% of GoM oil production shut-in

Written by  Thursday, 12 October 2017 17:07

The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) released new numbers this morning (13 October) stating that more US Gulf of Mexico production than previously thought is currently shut-in. New numbers released show approximately 24% of oil production remains shut-in after Hurricane Nate made landfall near southeastern Louisiana on 7 October. BSEE had reported yesterday that 19.6% of Gulf oil production was shut-in after the storm.

BSEE said that operators are continuing to reboard platforms and rigs after the storm, but 20 production platforms remain evacuated (2.71% of the 737 manned platforms in the Gulf). No damage has been reported. BSEE said that 24.3% of oil production (425,687 bo/d) and 12.42% of natural gas production (399.92 MMcf/d) remain shut-in.

Nate made landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River, in southeastern Louisiana, as a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 85mph. It made a second landfall Biloxi, Mississippi, in the early morning hours of Sunday, 8 October.

2017 has been one of the most active hurricane seasons on record. Since late August, three hurricanes (Harvey, Irma, and Nate) have targeted the US Gulf Coast. And, according to Accuweather, the season is not over yet. "Conditions will remain favorable for tropical storms and hurricanes to form over the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico for several more weeks," Accuweather said today (12 October).

Image courtesy of Accuweather.

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