Hurricane Sally Forces Gulf of Mexico Evacuations

NEW ORLEANS – Offshore operators are evacuating platforms and rigs in the Gulf of Mexico due to Hurricane Sally, according to the Bureau of Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). Oil companies have started evacuating staff and shutting in oil production

Personnel have been evacuated from 147 production platforms and three non-dynamically positioned rigs due to Hurricane Sally, according to the Bureau of Environmental Enforcement.

Two dynamically positioned rigs have moved off location out of the storm’s projected path. Dynamically positioned rigs maintain their location while conducting well operations by using thrusters and propellers and can move location in a short time.

The new hurricane threat comes less than a month after Hurricane Laura forced the oil industry to shut in more than 84 percent of oil production in the Gulf and more than half of gas production.

Once the hurricane passed, facilities will be inspected and production will be brought back online from undamaged facilities.

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