About 1.1 Bcf/d of Texas onshore and offshore production was shut in as of Thursday morning compared with flows on Wednesday, according to the latest report from Denver-based consulting firm Bentek Energy, which pegs total Gulf of Mexico/Gulf Coast production shut ins currently at about 8.3 Bcf/d compared to the amount of gas that was flowing on Aug. 26 prior to Katrina. About 7.8 Bcf/d currently is shut in onshore and offshore Louisiana.

Texas volumes rose after Katrina so they are down only about 500 MMcf/d compared to levels on Aug. 26. However, they fell to 3,135 MMcf/d on Thursday from 3,734 MMcf/d a day earlier and 4,257 MMcf/d on Tuesday, according to Bentek, which tracks nominations into major gas pipeline systems nationwide.

Meanwhile, there was only 2,406 MMcf/d of gas production scheduled to flow Thursday onshore and offshore Louisiana, which brings total Gulf of Mexico/Gulf Coast production to about 5,541 MMcf/d compared to 13,820 MMcf/d on Aug. 26.

The High Island Offshore System offshore Texas was completely shut in Thursday, taking nearly 400 MMcf/d of gas flows offline. Sharp declines also were seen in Texas flow nominations on Transco (down to 667 MMcf/d in Texas from 1,017 MMcf/d on Tuesday), Tennessee (635 MMcf/d Thursday compared to 714 MMcf/d Tuesday) and Texas Eastern (477 MMcf/d compared to 966 on Tuesday).

The Louisiana picture is even worse with Mississippi Canyon, Garden Banks, Stingray, Nautilus, Gulfstream, HIOS, Chandeleur, Destin and Texas Eastern’s Venice lateral receiving almost no production Thursday compared to a collective total of more than 2.7 Bcf/d on Aug. 26.

Shut ins on Tennessee Gas in Louisiana now stand at a whopping 1.86 Bcf/d, while Transco’s gas production receipts are down 1.26 Bcf/d compared to flows on Aug. 26.

Bentek estimates that cumulative production shut-ins since Aug. 26 now total 134,408 MMcf/d onshore and offshore Louisiana.

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