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Special Report: Hurricane Katrina Damage Assessment (Rigzone)
September 02, 2005
It has been a week since Hurricane Katrina pounded its way across Florida into the Gulf of Mexico, on its way to causing one of the worst natural disasters in American history. The course it took through the Gulf led straight through the heart of the offshore oil patch into America's most active port and leading oil refining region.
Offshore Damage Overview and Perspective
Thus far, the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the upstream industry in the Gulf of Mexico have seemed light compared with the problems inflicted on onshore refining and transport facilities. But when put in perspective with the problems caused by last year's Hurricane Ivan, Katrina proves to have packed quite a punch.
The only major area of uncertainty is how badly the underwater pipelines connecting the offshore platforms to shore have been damaged. It will be at least several more days before those damages can be fully assessed.
Download the overview of rig and platform damage (PDF)
Offshore Rig Damage Assessment
According to rig manager reports as of Friday, Sept 2nd, a total of 12 rigs had endured notable damage; nearly 20% of the rigs in the path of the storm.
The most severe damage was dealt to the Rowan New Orleans (250' IS jackup), which appears to have been sunk, and Diamond's Ocean Warwick (300' IC jackup), which was carried 66 miles by the storm and washed up on Dauphin Island.
Download the full report on rigs affected by Katrina (PDF)
Offshore Platform Damage Assessment
reports show that 18 platforms appear to have been completely lost, while another 12 platforms have been damaged.
Download the full report on operator platforms damaged by Katrina (PDF)
Oil Industry Relief Efforts
We would like to recognize the efforts being made by leaders in our industry to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis that is unfolding across Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. If you haven't contributed to the relief efforts yet, please do so by donating to the American Red Cross, Salvation Army or other charities.
Amerada Hess $1 million to the Red Cross, plus employee donation matching
Apache $1 million to the Red Cross
BP $1 million to the Red Cross, plus employee donation matching
Chevron $3 million to Red Cross and $2 million to local charities. Additionally,
Chevron is setting up a tent city to house up to 1,500 of its employees near its Pascagoula refinery.
ConocoPhillips $3 million, plus employee donation matching
ExxonMobil $2 million to the Red Cross, $5 million through local and national charities
Marathon $1.5 million to the Red Cross, plus employee donation matching
Shell $2 million to the Red Cross, plus up to $1 million employee donation matching