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U.S. Offshore Oil Workers Flee from Rigs as Another Storm Heads for Gulf of Mexico

Oct 26, 2020

Oil producers on Monday were evacuating offshore production platforms in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico as the 27th named storm of the season strengthened overnight and looked likely to threaten the United States as a hurricane.BP, BHP Group Ltd, Chevron Corp…

Fire-hit Hammerfest LNG Will be Shut for Up to a Year, Equinor Says

Oct 26, 2020

Norwegian oil company Equinor said Monday that its LNG plant, damaged in a fire on September 28, would be closed for up to a year for repairs.To remind, Equinor earlier this month said it expected to resume operations at the plant that processes…

Norway Rig Incident: Drilling Won't Resume Until Root Cause Found, Operator Says

Oct 21, 2020

Drilling at the West Bollsta offshore rig, where a 26-ton pipe accidentally dropped on the drill floor last weekend, will not resume until the cause of the incident is identified, oil and gas firm Lundin Energy said.As reported Monday, the incident occurred last Saturday…

54 North Sea Oil Workers Isolating Over Possible COVID-19 Exposure in Helicopters

Oct 17, 2020

North Sea oil and gas operator Taqa has asked 54 offshore workers to self-isolate for precaution after, during shared helicopter flights, they got into contact with seven Brae platforms workers who later tested positive for Covid 19.In a statement sent to Offshore Engineer…

Gulf of Guinea Kidnappings by Pirates Rise 40%

Oct 15, 2020

Kidnappings rose by 40% in the Gulf of Guinea in the first nine months of this year, and the region off West Africa's coast now accounts for 95% of global maritime kidnappings, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said on Wednesday.Eighty seafarers were taken in the Gulf of Guinea…

Gulf of Mexico Oil Output Yet to Be Fully Restored After Hurricane

Oct 13, 2020

Energy companies forged ahead restoring oil and natural gas production in the U.S.-regulated northern Gulf of Mexico on Monday, three days after Hurricane Delta made landfall, said the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)…

Oil Firms Restoring Output as Hurricane Exits Gulf of Mexico

Oct 12, 2020

U.S. energy companies were returning workers and restarting operations at storm-swept production facilities along the U.S. Gulf Coast on Sunday, two days after Hurricane Delta barreled through the area.Chevron Corp, Royal Dutch Shell Plc and…

Hurricane Delta: Workers Pulled from 279 Offshore Platforms in GoM

Oct 09, 2020

Hurricane Delta raked across the Gulf of Mexico, halting most of the region's offshore oil output on Thursday after energy companies shut-in wells, pulled staff from offshore platforms and began securing coastal processing plants.The storm was about 370 miles (595 km) south of Cameron…

Hurricane Sally Shuts More Than a Fifth of U.S. Offshore Oil Output

Sep 15, 2020

More than a fifth of U.S. offshore oil production was shut and key exporting ports were closed on Tuesday ahead of Hurricane Sally's landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast, the second significant hurricane to shutter oil and gas activity over the last month…

Louisiana Offshore Oil Port Suspends Tanker Loading Due to Storm

Sep 14, 2020

The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) suspended tanker offloading at its offshore marine terminal on Sunday because of Tropical Storm Sally, the company said in a statement posted on-line.The LOOP is the nation's only oil port able to receive the largest crude oil tankers…

Chevron Shuts Two Gulf of Mexico Platforms ahead of Storm

Sep 14, 2020

Chevron Corp shut the Blind Faith and Petronius offshore production platforms on Sunday in the Gulf of Mexico in preparation for Tropical Storm Sally, the company said in an online statement.'In preparation for the storm, we have evacuated all…

Oz Offshore Regulator Launches Probe after Eni's Subsea Buoy Comes to Surface, Posing Threat to Vessels

Sep 10, 2020

The Australian offshore safety agency NOPSEMA has ordered Eni to 'make safe' a floating mid-depth buoy at the Woollybutt field off W. Australia, after the buoy, normally chained 50 meters underwater, was spotted floating on the surface, posing a navigational threat to vessels passing by…

U.S. Gulf of Mexico Oil Output Remains Lower in Wake of Storm

Aug 31, 2020

U.S. Gulf of Mexico crude oil output remained down 70%, or 1.29 million barrels per day, according to data released on Sunday by the Department of Interior, as companies continued to return crews to offshore facilities that were evacuated ahead of Hurricane Laura…

Hurricane Laura Biggest Threat to Gulf Oil Output Since 2005

Aug 25, 2020

The U.S. energy industry began preparing for a major hurricane strike by Tuesday, cutting crude production at a rate approaching the level of 2005's Hurricane Katrina and halting oil refining at plants along the Texas/Louisiana coast.The storm…

Storms Marco and Laura Shut 82% of Gulf of Mexico Oil Production

Aug 25, 2020

U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil companies shut around 82 percent of oil production on Monday and evacuated personnel bracing for the impact of two tropical storms Marco and Laura.From operator reports, the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Monday that approximately 82…

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