Nearly 95% of Gulf of Mexico oil production remains shut in

31 August 2012 19:57  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Nearly all of the oil production in the US Gulf of Mexico remained shut in in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac, a federal agency said on Friday.

Companies have evacuated personnel from 499 oil and natural gas platforms, or 83.7% of the 596 manned platforms in the Gulf, according to the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

As such, 94.81% of the US Gulf's daily oil production was shut in, the bureau said. For natural gas, it was 68.34%

Although energy production remained shut in, several chemical companies have begun to restart their plants, following the passage of Isaac.

Isaac made landfall in Louisiana as a hurricane on Tuesday, but it has since dissipated.

By: Al Greenwood
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