Gulf oil, natgas production returns to normal after Tropical Storm Don

By Ben DuBose
Online Editor

As of midday Monday, evacuations are over for platforms and rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, with nearly all shut-in oil and natural gas facilities having resumed operations, according to the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE).

No platforms or rigs were presently evacuated, the agency said.

Meanwhile, only 2.3% of Gulf oil production (31,964 bpd) and 0.9% of natural gas output (46 million cubic feet/day) remained shut in.

Those figures were as high as 11.9% for oil and 6.2% for natural gas on Friday, the day Tropical Storm Don rolled through the southwestern Gulf of Mexico and made landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas.

The storm weakened upon its late Friday arrival to the coast and quickly disintegrated over land, sparing inland facilities from any damage or flooding.

Offshore, companies that shut in production and evacuated personnel included Shell, Anadarko Petroleum, ExxonMobil and BP.

Each resumed operations and re-manned platforms by Monday or earlier, officials said.

The BOEMRE agency said the newly-released statistics would serve as its final update related to Don.

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