MMS says 70 per cent of production shut-in post-KatrinaNews // September 6, 2005
Katrina has wrecked cities and affected production in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Minerals Management Service (MMS) in the US says approximately 70 per cent of production in the Gulf of Mexico remains shut-in in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
In its latest Evacuation and Production Shut-in Statistics Report, issued Monday, September 5th, the MMS said 27.83 per cent of 819 manned platforms and 27.61 per cent of 134 rigs currently operating in the Gulf of Mexico remained evacuated.
As of Monday, shut-in oil production is 1,043,681 BOPD, which is equivalent to 69.57 per centof daily oil production in the Gulf of Mexico. This represents a 5 per cent improvement from the day before.
The shut-in gas production is 5.225 BCFPD, equivalent to 54.13 per cent of daily gas production.
Shut-ins for oil and gas production are standard procedures conducted by industry for safety reasons. Once facilities have been inspected and all standard checks have been completed facilities will be brought back on line.
The MMS, part of the US Department of the Interior, oversees 1.76 billion acres of the Outer Continental Shelf, managing offshore energy and minerals while protecting the human, marine, and coastal environments. The OCS provides 30 percent of oil and 21 per cent of natural gas produced domestically in the US.