On Saturday, the Hurricane Nate was heading towards the offshore oil platforms and other energy facilities in the Gulf Coast area. Six weeks ago the same area was spared by the Hurricane Harvey’s wrath.
The Hurricane Nate has curtailed 92 percent of the daily oil production and 77 percent of the daily natural gas output in the Gulf of Mexico. The area was also affected by Hurricane Harvey, which punched the area by hitting the Texas coast.
Meteorologists confirmed that Nate is a Category 2 storm as being the second weakest on a five-category scale. It winds of up to 110 miles or 177 km per hour before landfall later on Saturday. The Hurricane Nate went closer to offshore production while Harvey’s impact was greatest on refining centers.
Due to the Hurricane Nate, the output shut amounted to 1.61 million barrels of oil per day and 2.48 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day on this Saturday.
The storm was 105 miles south of the Mississippi River on the afternoon and it was moving at a rapid 25 mph speed. The Gulf of Mexico is responsible for 17 percent of crude output and 5 percent of the natural gas output of US. All workers were immediately evacuated from 301 platforms and 13 rigs on Saturday.
Weather Decision Technologies Inc. is helping about 10 drilling rig operators chart a course away from Nate. It is expecting the tropical storm-force wind to last about 12 hours. This relatively short period will help the offshore producers to return to full operations quickly. The rigs will soon return to their drilling sites.
Harvey brought intense rains that flood in the Texas Gulf Coast. It shut nearly a quarter of US refining capacity and a similar amount of Gulf of Mexico oil production.