WoodMac: Hurricanes hit ‘every link of energy chain’

Every link in the energy chain-upstream, processing, pipelines, and the support infrastructure maintaining them-was affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, notes a report released Oct. 3 by Wood Mackenzie in Houston.After Katrina damaged infrastructure onshore and off, Rita entered the Gulf of Mexico as a Category 5 hurricane, making landfall early Sept. 24 near Sabine Pass as a Category 3 storm.Hurricane-force winds from Rita mainly affected numerous deepwater gulf producing facilities, including those on Green Canyon and Garden Banks blocks. In shallow waters, Rita struck facilities in the Ship Shoal, Eugene Island, South Marsh, Vermilion, and East and West Cameron areas.According to W...

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