August 12, 2010 / 9:17 PM / in 7 years

Enterprise Gulf operations normal after storm fears

NEW YORK, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Pipeline company Enbridge (ENB.TO) said its offshore Gulf of Mexico operations were back to normal Thursday afternoon.

The company had evacuated some nonessential personnel from offshore infrastructure attached to two natural gas pipeline systems in the eastern Gulf on Tuesday ahead of a storm threat.

Those personnel were not returned to work as of Thursday afternoon but not because of fears of a tropical storm, but because they were waiting for a crew shift change and on available helicopters for transportation, said Terri Larson, a company spokeswoman.

Tropical Depression 5 had been expected to hit eastern Louisiana as a tropical storm by Thursday night, but instead turned into a cluster of thundershowers and was not expected to strengthen back into a depression, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Thursday.

Reporting by Jeanine Prezioso

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