Dolly cuts into GOM oil and gas output

20071113_thunderhorse_btc_04 Workers disembark from a helicopter aboard the the BP Thunder Horse platform Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007. Dolly is no where near here, but it’s a nice photo anyhow. ( Brett Coomer / Chronicle)

The Minerals Management Service’s daily update on the impact of Tropical Storm Dolly shows a small impact on Gulf of Mexico oil and natural gas production:

From the operators’ reports, it is estimated that approximately 4.66 % of the oil production in the Gulf has been shut-in. Estimated oil production from the Gulf of Mexico as of January 2008 was 1.3 million barrels of oil per day. It is also estimated that approximately 5.13 % of the natural gas production in the Gulf has been shut-in. Estimated natural gas production from the Gulf of Mexico as of January 2008 was 7.7 billion cubic feet of gas per day.

MMS says personnel have been evacuated from 49 production platforms (6.8 percent of the 717 manned platforms in the Gulf) and six drilling rigs (4.9 percent of the 123 rigs currently operating).
There’s not a whole lot of production down in that part of the Gulf although there are some large deepwater drilling projects. This storm was not really expected to be a significant test to the industry, which will probably start returning workers to the few evacuated projects early as Wednesday.
For more general Dolly updates, check the latest from SciGuy Eric Berger.

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