Alex impacts on energy output in Gulf of Mexico

Fri Jul 2, 2010 9:05pm GMT
 

 July 2 (Reuters) - Remnants of Hurricane Alex flogged northern Mexico and
south Texas Friday after killing six in Monterrey, but the storm spared U.S.
oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico. Companies rapidly resuming operations at
platforms evacuated or shut down temporarily in the Gulf. [ID:nN02228784]
 Forecasters have said the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season could be the worst
since 2005, when Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma caused havoc in the Gulf
Coast, damaging oil rigs and refineries and forcing sharp cuts in production.
 The hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30 and often affects the
Gulf of Mexico, home to about 30 percent of U.S. oil production, 11 percent of
natural gas production, and more than 43 percent of U.S. refinery capacity.
 Oil and gas production shut as a precaution peaked on Wednesday at 421,350
barrels per day (bpd) of oil and 919 million cubic feet per day (Mmcfd) of gas.
By midday Friday, the amount of oil production offline was down to 205,077 bpd,
12.8 percent of 1.6 million bpd total prior to the storm, and the gas
production temporarily out was down to 694 Mmcfd, 10.8 percent of 6.4 Bcf
pre-Alex.
 ESTIMATED CAPACITY OFFLINE [ID:nN02233455]
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 Oil output: 205,077 (12.8 pct) Friday vs 342,224 bpd (21.4) Thursday.
 Gas output: 694 Mmcfd (10.8 pct) Friday vs 877 Mmcfd (13.7) Thursday.
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 Source: U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement
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 OFFSHORE PRODUCTION & PIPELINES IMPACT
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Company    Asset      Capacity  Shut In   Date Shut  Date Restarted   Link
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OIL
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Anadarko   Boomvang   40,000 bpd NA          June 29  July 1   [ID:nWNA4741]
        Nansen     40,000 bpd NA          June 29  July 1   [ID:nWNA4741]
        Gunnison   40,000 bpd NA          June 29  July 1   [ID:nWNA4741]
Apache     NA         NA         6,000 bpd   NA       July 1   [ID:nWNA4755]
BP         Atlantis   NA         NA          June 28  June 30  [ID:nWNA4730]
        Mad Dog    NA         NA          June 28  June 30  [ID:nWNA4730]
        Holstein   NA         NA          June 28  June 30  [ID:nWNA4730]
        South. Green Canyon   NA          June 29  June 30  [ID:nWNA4730]
Conoco     Magnolia             10,000 boepd June 29  July 2   [ID:nWNA4895]
Chevron    Western/Central production        June 29  July 2   [ID:nN02223065]
ExxonMobil West Gulf            10,000 bpd   June 29  July 1   [ID:N02195231]
Hess       Baldpate  18,326 bpd   NA         NA       July 2   [ID:nWEN6644]
Marathon   Ewing Bank 9,700 bpd  9,700 bpd   June 28  July 1   [ID:nWEN6406]
Shell      Auger 101,000 bpd  32,000 boepd June 27  July 4-6   [ID:nN02232795]
Shell      Brutus  110,000 bpd    NA       June 27  July 4-6 
Shell      Western/Central Assets NA       June 28  July 4-6 
Shell      Perdido  100,000 bpd   NA       June 29  July 4-6 
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GAS
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Anadarko   Boomvang  200 MMcfd    NA         June 29  July 1   [ID:nWNA4741]
        Nansen    200 MMcfd    NA         June 29  July 1   [ID:nWNA4741]
        Gunnison  200 MMcfd    NA         June 29  July 1   [ID:nWNA4741]
        Red Hawk  120 MMcfd    NA         June 29  July 1   [ID:nWNA4741]
Apache     NA        NA           110 MMcfd  June 29  July 1   [ID:nWNA4755]
BP         NA                     NA         June 29  June 30  [ID:nWNA4730]
Hess       Baldpate  56,600       NA         NA       July 2   [ID:nWEN6644]
ExxonMobil NA                     146 MMcfd  June 29  July 1   [ID:nN02195231]
Marathon   Ewing     8.2 MMcfd    8.2 MMcfd  June 29  July 1   [ID:nWNA4757]
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PIPELINE
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Enbridge   Nautilus 600 MMcfd     100 MMcfd  June 28   July 1  [ID:nN28247850]
BP         Cleopatra 500 MMcfd    Resuming   June 28   July 1
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 CUMULATIVE OUTPUT LOST
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 OIL (barrels per day)
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 July 2      205,077
 July 1      342,224
 June 30     421,350
 June 29     395,878
 TOTAL     1,364,529
 NATURAL GAS (million cubic feet)
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 July 2       694
 July 1       877
 June 30      919
 June 29      600
 TOTAL      3,090
 Source: U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement
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 OTHER ASSETS/OPS AFFECTED
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 * LOOP - The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port, which shut late Tuesday, was back
in full operation Friday. [ID:nN02204578]
 * Houston Ship Channel - Pilots resumed moving two-way traffic in and out
of the key oil and petrochemical metroplex of Houston, Baytown and Texas City.
[ID:nN02206388]
 * OIL SPILL - BP Plc (BP.L: Quote) (BP.N: Quote) and the Coast Guard prepared to resume
skimming operations; at the well site, oil-capture and relief well drilling
continued. [ID:nN02162471]
 (Compiled by Rebekah Kebede, Erwin Seba, Bruce Nichols, Kristen Hays, Jeannine
Prezioso and Janet McGurty)





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