MMS issues final assessment of hurricane damage

In its final assessment of damage to Gulf Coast oil and gas operations by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, the US Minerals Management Service said a total of 60 offshore platforms were destroyed.

Nov 26th, 2008

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Nov. 26 -- In its final assessment of damage to Gulf Coast oil and gas operations by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, the US Minerals Management Service said a total of 60 offshore platforms were destroyed.

"Some platforms that had been previously reported as having extensive damage were reassessed and determined to be destroyed," MMS said. "The destroyed platforms produced 13,657 b/d of oil and 96.5 MMcfd of natural gas, or 1.05% of the oil and 1.3% of the gas produced daily in the Gulf of Mexico."

MMS estimated 127 of the more than 3,800 oil and gas production platforms in the gulf were exposed to hurricane conditions, with winds greater than 74 mph from Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Gustav made landfall Sept. 2 in Louisiana, while Ike came ashore Sept. 13 in Galveston, Tex.

In its final assessment, MMS concluded 93 platforms suffered moderate damage from the storms and would take as long as 3 months for repairs. Another 31 platforms had extensive damage that could take as long as 6 months to repair.

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