Gulf of Mexico oil workers return to platforms after storm passes

All the offshore facilities in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico have been re-manned following last week’s evacuations from the Gulf of Mexico offshore facilities caused by the Hermine storm.

The storm left the Gulf of Mexico late last week, and is now located off the mid-Atlantic coast of the U.S. The Hermine now has a post-tropical cyclone status.

As for the offshore facilities in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, workers have returned aboard platforms and rigs, and there are no remaining evacuated production platforms.

BP said Friday it had begun redeploying non-essential offshore personnel to company-operated facilities in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

“With the storm out of the Gulf we are now in the process of safely ramping up production at the Thunder Horse and Na Kika platforms,”  BP said.

Personnel has returned to all 11 rigs currently operating in the Gulf. The three dynamically positioned rigs that had previously been moved off have returned to the location.

Based on data from Friday, September 2, around 12.04 percent of the oil production in the Gulf of Mexico had been shut-in. Also, approximately 6.74 percent of the natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico had been shut-in. This was a sign that the output was slowly resuming as the oil production had been down 22 pct at one point during last week.

According to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, no damage reports have been submitted by the operators.

Offshore Energy Today Staff

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