Oil and gas producers in the Gulf of Mexico continued to restart operations on Wednesday. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement reports that about 18 percent of U.S. oil production and 17 percent of natural gas output from the Gulf of Mexico are still shut because of Tropical Storm Debby.
Those figures peaked on Monday because of Debby, with 44.1 percent of daily oil and 34.8 percent of natural gas output shut.
BP Plc, the largest oil producer in the Gulf, said it continued restaffing its seven oil and gas platforms as offshore weather conditions improved.
“Our oil and natural gas production will be ramped up in coming days as the facilities are restaffed,” spokesman Brett Clanton said.
Shell PLC also had begun redeploying staff to its operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
“Shell is in the initial stages of redeploying staff to its operations across the Gulf,” Shell said.
Chevron Corp said on Monday that “some” of its Gulf of Mexico production had been affected by Tropical Storm Debby, but the company provided no details.
Chevron is the second-largest oil producer in the Gulf, according to U.S. regulators. The company operates four oil and gas platforms.
As of March, federal offshore production from the Gulf was 1.4 million barrels of oil per day and 4.4 billion cubic feet of gas per day, down from its peak of 1.7 million barrels of oil a day and 6.3 billion cubic feet of gas per day in 2010.