Special Report: September hurricanes hit gulf rigs

Hurricane Gustav moved through the Gulf of Mexico Sept. 1-5, causing rig and platform evacuations. Dozens of platforms were damaged, but no rigs were lost.Hurricane Ike swept through the gulf Sept. 10-14, damaging and destroying drilling rigs and production platforms.On Sept. 16, the US Minerals Management Service reported that three jack up rigs were destroyed, one jack up was extensively damaged, and two rigs were set adrift by Hurricane Ike. MMS also reported that the derrick on BP’s Mad Dog platform was lost.MMS reported on Sept. 24 that 52 of the 3,800 offshore oil and gas production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico were destroyed by Hurricane Ike, up from 49 platforms reported ...

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