Hurricane Update: Offshore Oil and Port Infrastructure
The U.S. Coast Guard reported ships entering and exiting the Houston Ship Channel on Labor Day and the Port of Houston is open just past the ExxonMobil Baytown facility for vessels up to a 40’ draft. Nearly a dozen other area ports are closed or open with restrictions.
According to the latest report from the offshore resources organization Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, 6.94% of offshore oil and 8.05% of natural gas production remains shut-in.
Fourteen of the total 737 offshore manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico remain evacuated, while personnel have returned to the five previously evacuated drilling rigs including offshore drilling jackup rigs, platform rigs, submersibles and moored semisubmersibles.
You can follow offshore shut-ins and updates at the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.
The Port of Houston reported no visible damage to containers, cranes or other terminal equipment, but eight refineries in the Gulf Coast region are still shut down, equal to 11.4% of total U.S. refining capacity. (See DOE’s Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration situation reports for more information on infrastructure affected by the storm.)