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December 03, 2008

MMS Tallies 60 Gulf Oil Platforms Destroyed by 2008 Hurricanes

The Department of Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) has concluded that 60 oil and natural production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico were destroyed by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Another 31 platforms will require 3-6 months of repairs, while an additional 93 platforms will need 1-3 months of repairs. For comparison, in 2006, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita destroyed 115 platforms and damaged 52 others, while causing extensive pipeline damage. So this year's damage was less severe but more widespread. The MMS announced its final assessment of the 2008 damage on November 26, noting that the destroyed platforms account for 1.05% of the oil production in the Gulf of Mexico and 1.3% of the natural gas production. As of November 19, 58 production platforms were still evacuated in the Gulf, and 16.3% of oil production and 24.4% of natural gas production remained shut-in. Those statistics should be updated today. See the MMS press releases on the 2008 damage and the status as of November 19, and for the latest status report, see the full list of MMS press releases.