About 85% Gulf of Mexico oil production still shut in after Nate

09 October 2017 21:21 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Approximately 85% of oil production in the Gulf of Mexico remains shut-in following Hurricane Nate, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said on Monday.

The number is seven percentage points lower than the 92% of oil production that the BSEE estimated was shut in from mid-Saturday. The latest figure represents 1.50m/day of oil production.

Offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico are reboarding and inspecting platforms and rigs following Nate, with no damages reported as yet, the BSEE said.

The BSEE said 142 production platforms remain evacuated, or 19.27% of the 737 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

For natural gas, the BSEE said 65% of the Gulf of Mexico’s production is shut-in.

Among railroads, Norfolk Southern has restored service to New Orleans, although it said delays could continue.

Embargoes to New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama, will remain in place.

CSX has resumed operations into New Orleans and other parts of the Gulf Coast. It had not issued any embargoes.

Union Pacific cancelled its destination embargoes for Avondale, New Orleans and Westwego, all in Louisiana. It is returning to normal operations.

Kansas City Southern (KCS) placed an embargo on traffic interchanging in New Orleans last week. It has not said if it had cancelled that embargo.

The port of Mobile, Alabama, has returned to normal conditions, with restrictions, the US Coast Guard (USCG) said.

The port is open to vessel traffic for daylight transit only, at a depth of 32 feet (9.75m), USCG said.

The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway east of mile marker 207 and the port of Panama City, Florida has been opened.

However, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway west of mile marker 207, the port of Pensacola, Florida, as well as the ports of Pascagoula and Gulfport, Mississippi remain closed, the USGC said.

The BSEE noted that Nate, which gained hurricane-strength on 7 October, has since passed into remnants.

Image above: Hurricane Nate. Source: NASA

By David Haydon