Producers, government study lessons from Hurricane Ivan

Hurricane Ivan shut down much production in the eastern portion of the Gulf of Mexico and damaged pipelines and platforms in its path and along the Mississippi River delta apron. But as a credit to the industry’s preparedness, the storm caused no loss of life nor major pollution.The US Minerals Management Service (MMS) estimated that 150 platforms and 10,000 miles of pipeline were in the direct path of Hurricane Ivan (Fig. 1). The gulf has about 4,000 structures and 33,000 miles of pipelines.The storm destroyed seven platforms in shallow water and caused damage to 102 pipelines, according to MMS. The agency also said 24 platforms had significant damage. Tables 1 and 2 list some plat...

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