Production Of More Than 20% Of US Oil In The Gulf Of Mexico Has Been Halted Due To Hurricane Sally
US oil companies have halted 21.39% of oil production in the Gulf of Mexico due to hurricane Sally, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said.
"According to operator reports, BSEE estimates that about 21.39% of current oil production in the Gulf of Mexico is stopped," the organization said. According to the BSEE, 25.28% of natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico has also been stopped.
Also worth noting that workers were evacuated from 147 of the 643 production platforms.
The day before, the US national hurricane warning center reported that hurricane Sally had strengthened to a dangerous category two on its way to the US state of Louisiana. A storm warning has been issued for parts of Louisiana and Florida.
A tropical storm is named when the accompanying wind speed reaches 62 kilometers per hour. A storm becomes a hurricane when the wind speed exceeds 119 kilometers per hour.
Based on data from offshore operator reports submitted as of 11:30 CDT today, personnel have been evacuated from a total of 147 production platforms, 22.86 percent of the 643 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.