Over 12 percent of Gulf's daily oil production turned off
02:17 PM CDT on Wednesday, July 6, 2005
Over 12% of the Gulf of Mexico's daily oil production was shut off Wednesday because of production platform evacuations forced by Tropical Storm Cindy, a government agency reported.
In a survey of oil companies, the U.S. Minerals Management Service said 85 platforms had been evacuated and shut down. Eleven drilling rigs were left idle by the storm, the agency said.
Oil being kept off the market amounted to 12.7% of the Gulf's normal daily production of 1.5 million barrels, the agency said, while natural gas that was shut in amounted to 7.5 percent of the Gulf's normal daily production of 10 billion cubic feet.
The Gulf of Mexico has 819 staffed production platforms and 135 rigs, the MMS said.
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