The list of oil and gas platforms shut-in by the storm has grown, despite its weakening to a tropical storm overnight. The rule of thumb for the offshore industry: better safe than sorry.
Anadarko said this morning it has removed all of its personnel from operations in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and has shut in production at four operated facilities:
• Independence Hub (Mississippi Canyon block 920)
• Marco Polo (Green Canyon block 608)
• Constitution (Green Canyon block 680)
• Neptune (Viosca Knoll block 826)
Combined with one non-operated facility (Blind Faith) this accounts for about 105,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day production.
Shell said in an update
dated Sunday night Monday morning it has evacuated 160 people from its Gulf operations, expects production curtailments and is “not planning any additional significant personnel movements until Ida has moved through the northern Gulf.”
“We have secured drilling operations on several platforms and deep water mobile drilling units under contract to Shell in our East operations area. There is no impact on Shell operated GoM production at this time.
BP’s 10 a.m. update had little to add to yesterday’s that it has removed non-essential workers, has essential crews still onboard ready to shut-in production if necessary.
The Minerals Management Service should have an update on what impact the storm has on production early this afternoon.
Transocean also provided an update on its operations this morning:
The deepwater moored semisubmersible rig Transocean Marianas, which is directly in the path of the storm, had about 100 people evacuated yesterday afternoon. The Transocean Marianas is totally evacuated.
In total, Transocean has 14 drillships and semisubmersible rigs in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico (including the Transocean Marianas) with approximately 1,930 people currently on board the other 13 rigs.
11 of Transocean’s 14 rigs in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico are ultra-deepwater dynamically positioned drillships and semisubmersible rigs, which are either evading the storm using their thrusters or have secured the wells they were working on and are monitoring the storm.
The other three rigs rigs are moored semisubmersible units and they include: 1 ultra-deepwater, 1 deepwater and 1 midwater rigs.