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GOM NatGas, Oil Output Still Ramping Up Post Nate

More than half of the current oil production and 46% of the natural gas output from the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) remained shut in Tuesday in the wake of Hurricane Nate.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) in its Tuesday update said 1.485 Bcf/d of gas remained shut-in, based on operator reports.

About 58.53% of current oil output also remained offline, equating to 1.02 million b/d.

Offshore oil and gas operators were beginning to re-board platforms and rigs following Nate, which made two landfalls on the central Gulf Coast Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Based on data from offshore operator reports submitted by 11:30 CDT Tuesday, personnel remain evacuated from 66 production platforms, or 9% of the 737 manned platforms. Personnel also remain evacuated from one non-dynamically positioned (DP) rig, equivalent to 5%.

None of the DP rigs that were moved ahead of the storm remained off location; there are 18 currently operating in the GOM.

“As the storm has passed, operators will continue to re-board and inspect their facilities,” BSEE said. “Once all standard checks have been completed, production from undamaged facilities will be brought back online immediately...Currently, no damages have been reported.”

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