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October 01, 2008

Gulf Coast Energy Recovery Makes Major Headway

Oil and natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico are recovering from the impacts of both Hurricanes Ike and Gustav as operators reboard the evacuated platforms and rigs. The Minerals Management Service (MMS) reports that 111 offshore oil and gas production platforms (16% of the 694 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico) remain evacuated, down from the 203 that were evacuated last week. Twenty-three manned platforms have been confirmed destroyed by Hurricane Ike. As of September 30, 57.1% of oil production in the Gulf was shut-in, along with 45.7% of the natural gas production. See the latest MMS press releases.

As of September 29, DOE's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability reports that slightly more than 154,000 customers in Texas still lack power, or approximately 1% of the state. Two refineries in Texas are still shut down, with a total capacity of 0.4 million barrels per day of petroleum products. Most oil and natural gas pipelines are now recovering from the hurricanes, with a few still undergoing repairs. Of the 39 natural gas processing plants in the path of Hurricane Ike, 27 plants are operating at normal or reduced levels and delivering 59% of the area's operating capacity. Five additional plants are ready to come back online when power is restored or they receive sufficient upstream gas flow, which would bring the capacity to almost 80%. Since September 24, DOE has released an additional 1.75 million barrels of petroleum from the strategic petroleum reserve to keep refineries operating. See the DOE status reports and the latest DOE press releases.