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With the arrival of the hurricane, ten oil platforms were evacuated

9 October 2018 to 08: 19
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Gulf of Mexico operators evacuated crews from XNUMX offshore platforms ahead of the impact of Hurricane Michael, which entered the Gulf on Monday.

The Bureau of Environmental Safety and Enforcement (BSEE) said on Monday that in addition to the 19,07 platforms, five dynamically positioned drilling rigs had moved out of the storm's path as a precaution. “From operator reports, it is estimated that approximately 11,09 percent of current oil production in the Gulf of Mexico has been shut down. It is also estimated that approximately XNUMX percent of natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico has been shut down,” the BSEE said on Monday.

Oil giant BP said it was closely monitoring Hurricane Michael to ensure the safety of its people and deepwater operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

BP said on Monday: “With forecasts indicating the storm will strengthen as it moves north into the Gulf of Mexico, BP is evacuating personnel and has closed production at the four platforms BP operates, Atlantis, Mad Dog and Na Kika. and the thunder horse. Platforms are also preparing for storm avoidance as needed. BP will continue to monitor offshore conditions to determine when conditions are safe to redeploy staff and resume operations. ”

Anadarko has also evacuated personnel from some of the platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

The company said: “We are carefully monitoring weather conditions in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and, to ensure the safety of our people, we have removed all personnel and closed production on our Horn Mountain and Marlin operated platforms. All other Anadarko operated and producing platforms remain in production as we continue to watch the potential path of Tropical Storm Michael. ”

Image taken by the National Hurricane Center

According to reports, BHP Billiton and ExxonMobil have also shut production on some of their platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

“After the hurricane, the facilities will be inspected. Once all standard checks have been completed, production from undamaged facilities will be brought back online immediately,” the BSEE said.

The National Hurricane Center has issued storm and hurricane warnings for the northeast Gulf Coast.

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