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The news came as the remnants of Hurricane Isaac moved farther inland, losing strength.
“While aerial surveys of our offshore facilities did not identify any significant damage, crews will perform closer inspections onsite,” a news release said. “Once deemed safe, facilities will be restarted, and oil and natural gas production will recommence in coming days.”
As the hurricane approached earlier this week, the company moved its mobile drilling rigs out of its path. Other companies operating in the GoM did the same. The hurricane made landfall Tuesday, but was later downgraded to a tropical storm.
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) reported that personnel evacuated from a total of 499 production platforms, or about 84% of the 596 manned platforms in the GoM. About 48 rigs, or about 63% of the 76 rigs operating in the Gulf, were evacuated.
The storm caused the shut-in of about 1.3 MMb/d, or about 95%, of the current daily oil production in the GoM, along with about 3,075 MMcf/d, or about 68% of the current daily natural gas production in the GoM.
BP said it is inspected the company’s onshore facilities in Louisiana and Mississippi, and operations at certain sites could resume Aug. 31.
Shell and Motiva also reported they were assessing the impact of the storm on its manufacturing and distribution facilities before restarting operations.
In a news release, Shell reported on Aug. 30 that its Mobile, Ala., facility is still operating at reduced rates; the refinery at Norco, La., has shut down its units while the chemical plant is still operating at reduced rates; Convent and Geismar, La., will begin the process of restarting their units; Capline pipeline has re-started; offshore Gulf pipeline network and Ho-Ho pipeline remain shut down but flyover inspections could start this week, weather permitting; Convent terminal, La., and Collins terminal, Miss., have re-opened; and the Kenner terminal, La., remains shut down.
Phillips 66 reported its Alliance Refinery in Belle Chasse, La., remained shut down Aug. 30 and was without power. There also was some flooding at the refinery. After an assessment is complete, the company will determine when operations will resume.