Offshore oil and natural gas producers in the Gulf of Mexico are evacuating platforms and rigs and shutting in production in preparation for Hurricane Michael.
As of 1 p.m. CT on Oct. 8, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement estimated that about 324,190 barrels of oil per day and about 283.9 million cubic feet of gas per day was shut in as a result of the storm. The figures represent about 19% of daily oil production in the Gulf of Mexico and about 11% of daily gas output.
Based on data from offshore operator reports from eight companies, personnel have been evacuated from 10 production platforms, or about 1.5% of the 687 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.
In addition, five dynamically positioned rigs have moved off location out of the storm's path as a precaution. This number represents almost 30% of the 17 rigs of this type operating in the Gulf.
As of 2 p.m. ET, the storm was near the western tip of Cuba and is forecast to move across the eastern Gulf of Mexico through Oct. 9 before reaching the Florida Panhandle by Oct. 10. Michael was recently upgraded to Category 1 status with winds of 75 miles per hour but is expected to reach major status with winds of 111 mph or greater by the time it makes landfall.