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    Some US Gulf production still out from Ida


Operators continue to assess the damage from the hurricane.

by: Daniel Graeber

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Some US Gulf production still out from Ida

The US federal government reported September 6 that more than 80% of the oil and gas production from the Gulf of Mexico was still shut in, more than a week after Hurricane Ida made landfall.

Ida made landfall in Louisiana on August 29 as a category 4 hurricane, knocking out power to area residents and to the dense network of refineries along the US Gulf Coast. The storm quickly weakened, but heavy rain from its remnants overwhelmed the draining networks in New York City last week.

Offshore two companies, Shell and Noble Corp., both reported damage to offshore installations. An oil spill off the coast of Louisiana was blamed on Talos Energy.

As of September 6, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), part of the Interior Department, reported that 81% of the natural gas production and 84% of the crude oil production from the territorial waters of the Gulf of Mexico were still offline.

“Personnel have been evacuated from 5 rigs (non-dynamically positioned), equivalent to 45.45 percent of the 11 rigs of this type currently operating in the Gulf,” BSEE added.

US president Joe Biden on September 3 called for the release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Resource to shore up supplies. Upstream activity was suppressed by the storm, though facilities exporting LNG were largely spared.