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About 78% of gas production and almost 93% of the oil output from the offshore US Gulf of Mexico remained shut in Sunday in the wake of Hurricane Nate, which careened through producing regions in the central Gulf before making landfall late Saturday in eastern Louisiana and then Mississippi, the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said.

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More than 2.5 Bcf/d of natural gas production was shut in, while 1.62 million b/d of oil production was down as a result of operators being forced to evacuate production platforms in the path of the storm.

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Based on data reported as of 11:30 am CDT, BSEE reported that a total of 14 rigs, representing 70% of rigs operating in the Gulf, and 298 platforms, representing 40% of operating platforms, were evacuated.

Ten dynamically positioned rigs were moved out of the hurricane's path as a precaution; that's 55.6% of the 18 such rigs currently operating in the Gulf.

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Garden Banks Pipeline said it planned to return personnel to the South Marsh Island 76 platform Sunday afternoon. Garden Banks has been able to remain in service throughout the event, the pipeline said.

Nautilus Pipeline is planning to return personnel to the Ship Shoal 207 platform Sunday afternoon, the pipeline said. The evacuation constitutes a point-specific force majeure for Anaconda at SS207 (992203) and Cleopatra/Walker Ridge at SS207 (992202), Nautilus said.

Manta Ray pipeline said it is planning to return personnel to the Ship Shoal 207 and Ship Shoal 332A platforms Sunday afternoon.

The event constitutes a point-specific force majeure for the Cleopatra Gathering Pipeline receipt point at SS332A, Walker Ridge SS 332A receipt point, Walker Ridge SS 332A delivery point, and NPL-B 207 delivery point.

--Jim Magill,
--Edited by Kevin Saville,