Gulf of Mexico oil production almost fully restored after storm Barry

U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil and gas operators have almost fully resumed production following last week’s storm Barry.

Illustration: Gulf of Mexico oil and gas platform / Image by JournoJen/Flickr, Shared under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Illustration: Gulf of Mexico oil and gas platform / Image by JournoJen/Flickr, Shared under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Offshore operators began resuming production and redeploying workers mid-last week, after the passing of the storm. The tropical storm Barry had, at one point last week, shut down more than 70% of the Gulf of Mexico oil production. Oil firms had evacuated workers from hundreds of platforms ahead of the storm.

Come Sunday, July 21, production had resumed from most of the previously evacuated and shut platforms.

The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement on Sunday said 20 production platforms remained evacuated, only 3 percent of the 669 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. For comparison, 283 production platforms had been evacuated on Sunday, July 14.


Related: Storm Barry shuts 72 pct of U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil production


According to BSEE, personnel has now returned to all previously evacuated non-dynamically positioned offshore drilling rigs, and all of the DP drilling rigs are on their pre-storm locations.

“From operator reports, BSEE estimates that approximately 3.32 percent of the current oil production in the Gulf of Mexico remains shut-in, which equates to 62,670 barrels of oil per day. It is also estimated that approximately 7.35 percent of the natural gas production, 204.3 million cubic feet per day in the Gulf of Mexico remains shut-in,” BSEE said in its final Tropical Storm Barry Activity Report.

Offshore Energy Today Staff


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