Monday, 12 October 2020 09:46

Entire range of oil and gas operations suspended in Gulf of Mexico

US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) stated on Sunday that 91% of offshore oil production remains closed in the U.S.-regulated Northern Gulf of Mexico after hurricane Delta slammed into the coast on Friday night.

Production of 8.8 million barrels per day and 8.3 billion cubic feet of gas per day was halted in the Gulf.

In addition, 62.2% of natural gas production in the Gulf also remains closed after the storm slammed the coast near Creole, State of Louisiana, and turned into a downgrading hurricane over Mississippi on Saturday.

About 17% of the total daily oil production in the United States and 5% of the daily natural gas production falls to the share of this territory.

The Calcasieu waterway in Calcasieu and Cameron counties in Louisiana, as well as the ports of Lake-Charles and Cameron, Louisiana, hit by Delta, remain closed.

The U.S. coast guard said the ports of Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas, including Sabine pass, which serve major oil and liquefied natural gas processing facilities, were reopened on Sunday, but with restrictions.

After a hurricane, producers may need several days to assess the range of damage to oil production infrastructure, return workers, and resume offshore production. Companies that operate oil and gas pipelines and process hydrocarbons on the shelf are also closed.

 

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