Some Gulf of Mexico oil platforms restart despite storm

jueves 1 de septiembre de 2016 12:13 GYT

(Adds update from Anadarko)

HOUSTON, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Some U.S. oil and gas producers in the eastern parts of the Gulf of Mexico are returning workers to offshore facilities and restarting operations shut as Tropical Storm Hermine as the system moves towards Florida.

Royal Dutch Shell and Enbridge Inc on Wednesday returned personnel to offshore assets as the storm moved away from its operations, and Anadarko on Thursday said it was returning non-essential personnel to its Marco Polo, Constitution and Heidelberg facilities. Non-essential staff will return to Anadarko's Independence facility on Friday, a company representative said.

Shell's Coulomb field, which ties back to the Na Kika platform, will remain shut until downstream assets resume operations.

BP said on Wednesday it had reopened its Atlantis platform, one of three it had idled on the storm threat.

Operators who have pulled workers off platforms in the area include BP Plc , BHP Billiton Ltd and Hess Corp.

Other companies have moved about half a dozen rigs and said they were monitoring the storm, which is expected to make landfall in Florida early Friday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The U.S. government said on Wednesday that so far operators have shut output equal to 312,280 barrels per day of oil equivalent and 360 million cubic feet per day of natural gas production in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico due the storm.

The closures represent 19.5 percent of normal oil output and 10.6 percent of natural gas production in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said. The government's estimate for oil outages was slightly higher on Tuesday.   Continuación...