US Gulf crude and natgas supply still on recovery after Hurricane Ida

Author: Janet Miranda


HOUSTON (ICIS)--US Gulf crude and offshore natural gas supply is still on its recovery phase after Hurricane Ida disrupted output.

About 40% of the current oil production and 48% of the current gas production remains shut in, the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said on Tuesday.

The following table shows the number of platforms and rigs evacuated, including the total of oil and natural gas that has been shut in.

Total %
Platforms evacuated 39 6.69
Rigs evacuated 0 0
Oil shut in (bbl/day) 720,217 39.57
Gas shut in (bcf/day) 1.074 48.20

Source: BSEE

Oil producers in the region have experienced an uneven recovery in the days after Hurricane Ida made landfall, due to damages of some facilities, power outages in the region and lack of crews.

Shell said its Appomattox, Enchilada/Salsa and Auger assets continue to ramp up production. Its Mars, Ursa and Olympus assets remain shut in.

Its West Delta-143 offshore facility is still offline as the company continues to understand the extent of the damage.

These facilities serve as the transfer station for all production from Shell operated assets in the Mars corridor in the Gulf of Mexico to onshore crude and natural gas terminals.

The EIA revised down their Q3 2021 demand figure by 200,000 bbl/day in Tuesday’s report.

The US Department of Energy announced it had awarded 20m bbl of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to eight companies.

More than 90% of customers have had power restored in Louisiana, approximately 84,000 customers remain without power, local power distributor Entergy said on Tuesday.

The power distributor is also working to restore power to customers in Texas who have been affected by Tropical Storm Nicholas.

Approximately 9,913 customers are without power in the lone star state, but Entergy expects to restore power by the end of Tuesday and hardest-hit areas by Wednesday night.

The following shows the status of the chemical plants and refineries affected by Ida.

Company Site Products (*indicates force majeure) Status
AmSty St James, Louisiana Styrene Restart
BASF Geismar, Louisiana BDO*, EO, isocyanates*, polyols* Restart
Cornerstone Waggaman, Louisiana ACN*, melamine* Shutdown
Cos-Mar Carville, Louisiana Styrene, ethylbenzene Shutdown
DAK Americas Bay St Louis, Mississippi PET* Shutdown
Dow Plaquemine, Louisiana Ethylene, propylene, benzene, toluene, EO, glycol ethers*, PE, PG, PO Expected Restart
Dow Taft, Louisiana Ethylene, propylene, acetic acid, acrylic acid, acrylates, ethanolamines, EO, glycol ethers*, HDPE*, LLDPE*, oxo-alcohols, 2-EHA* Shutdown
Enterprise Products Louisiana, US Propylene, NGLs Shutdown
ExxonMobil Baton Rouge, Louisiana Ethylene, propylene, BD, benzene, toluene, IPA, PA, plasticizers, PE, PP, base oils Restart
Formosa Plastics Baton Rouge, Louisiana PVC*, VCM Shutdown
Huntsman Geismar, Louisiana MA, MDI, polyethyer polyols, aniline nitrobenzene Restart
INEOS Oxide Plaquemine, Louisiana Ethanolamines* Shutdown
Incitec Pivot Waggaman, Louisiana Ammonia Shutdown
Lion Copolymer Geismar, Louisiana EDPM Restart
Marathon Petroleum Garyville, Louisiana Gasoline, propylene, refined products Shutdown
Methanex Geismar, Louisiana Methanol Shutdown
NOVA Geismar, Louisiana Ethylene*, propylene* Expected Restart
Olin Freeport, Texas VCM* Shutdown
Olin Plaquemine, Louisiana Caustic soda, chlorine Shutdown
Olin St Gabriel, Louisiana Caustic soda, chlorine Shutdown
OxyChem Convent, Louisiana Caustic soda*, chlorine* Restart
OxyChem Geismar, Louisiana Caustic soda*, chlorine*, EDC* Restart
OxyChem Taft, Louisiana Caustic soda*, chlorine* Restart
PBF Energy Chalmette, Louisiana Benzene, toluene, MX, propylene Expected Restart
Phillips 66 Belle Chasse, Louisiana Benzene, toluene, MX, propylene Shutdown
Pinnacle Polymers Garyville, Louisiana PP* Shutdown
Roehm Fortier, Louisiana Methyl methacrylate (MMA) Shutdown
Rubicon Geismar, Louisiana MDI, polyether polyols, aniline, nitrobenzene Shutdown
Shell Geismar, Louisiana EO*, EG*, glycol ethers, linear alcohols*, ethoxylates*, linear olefins Restart
Shell Norco, Louisiana Ethylene, propylene, BD Shutdown
Shintech Addis, Louisiana PVC Shutdown
Shintech Freeport, Texas PVC Shutdown
Shintech Plaquemine, Louisiana Caustic soda, chlorine, EDC, PVC, VCM, ethylene Shutdown
Total Energies Carville, Louisiana PS Shutdown
Valero Meraux, Louisiana Gasoline, refined products, propylene Shutdown
Valero St Charles, Louisiana Gasoline, refined products, propylene Shutdown
Westlake Geismar, Louisiana Caustic soda, chlorine, EDC, PVC*, VCM* Shutdown
Westlake Plaquemine, Louisiana Caustic soda, chlorine, EDC, PVC*, VCM* Shutdown
YCI Methanol One St James, Louisiana Methanol Shutdown