Oil and gas operations in the US Gulf of Mexico are resuming operations on platforms and rigs following Hurricane Ian. The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued its final update on evacuation and shut-in production statistics but will continue to work with offshore operators and other state and federal agencies until operations return to normal.
Based on data from offshore operator reports submitted to BSEE as of 11:30 CDT on Sept. 28, personnel have been evacuated from 11 production platforms, 2.11% of the 521 manned platforms in the US gulf.
BSEE estimates that 9.12% of current gulf crude oil production (about 157,706 b/d) is shut in—less than the 11% reported Tuesday—and 5.95% of natural gas production (about 128 MMcfd) remains shut in—less than the 8.56% reported Tuesday.
Personnel have been evacuated from 5 of the 14 nondynamically positioned rigs working in the gulf. Three of the 19 dynamically positioned rigs have moved off location out of the path of the storm.
Infrastructure is currently being inspected. Once all standard checks have been completed, production from undamaged facilities will be brought back online immediately. Those sustaining damage may take longer to bring back online.