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BSEE: oil platform evacuations in preparation for Hurricane Michael

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The Hurricane Response Team is monitoring offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf as they evacuate platforms and rigs in preparation for the storm. The team works with offshore operators and other state and federal agencies until operations return to normal and the storm is no longer a threat to Gulf of Mexico oil and gas activities.

Personnel have been evacuated from a total of 10 production platforms, 1.46% of the 687 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. A total of five dynamically positioned rigs have moved off location out of the storm’s path as a precaution. This number represents 29.4% of the 17 rigs of this type currently operating in the Gulf.

From operator reports, it is estimated that approximately 19.07% of the current oil production in the Gulf of Mexico has been shut-in. It is also estimated that approximately 11.09% of the natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico has been shut-in.

After the hurricane has passed, facilities will be inspected. Once all standard checks have been completed, production from undamaged facilities will be brought back on line immediately. Facilities sustaining damage may take longer to bring back on line.

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