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About 10% of Gulf of Mexico oil, gas output still sidelined due to Gordon

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement reported that 159,085 barrels of oil per day, or 9.36% of crude production in the Gulf of Mexico, was still shut-in Sept. 5 following Tropical Storm Gordon. This was up slightly from 156,907 bbl/d, or 9.23% of total Gulf oil production, on Sept. 4.

As of Sept. 5, approximately 266.08 million cubic feet per day of natural gas, or 10.39% of gas output in the Gulf, also remained shut-in, increasing from 232 MMcf/d, or 9.06% of regional output, reported Sept. 4.

Workers from 48 of the 687 manned platforms in the Gulf remain evacuated, down slightly from 54 the day prior. All 20 of the non-dynamically positioned rigs now operating in the Gulf were in operation as of Sept. 5.

Producer Anadarko Petroleum Corp. said in a Sept. 5 statement that it had begun moving its personnel back to the Horn Mountain and Marlin facilities, with plans to restart production as safely and quickly as possible.

"All other Anadarko-operated and producing facilities in the Gulf of Mexico were unaffected by the storm," the company said.

Exxon Mobil Corp. said Sept. 5 that it was starting its post-hurricane/tropical storm assessment to determine if any of its offshore or onshore facilities were affected. "Once we have confirmed that our systems are both safe and operational, we will begin the process of returning to normal operations," company spokeswoman Suann Guthrie said in a Sept. 5 email.

Ahead of the storm, Exxon had evacuated offshore personnel and shut down its Mobile Bay facilities. Exxon also evacuated its Lena platform, with minimal impact to production.

Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall just west of the Alabama-Mississippi border late Sept. 4, avoiding most major production areas and Gulf Coast refineries.

As of 1 p.m. Central Time, the National Hurricane Center said Gordon continues to weaken over central Mississippi, with heavy rains and flooding likely to continue over the next few days.