BSEE Update 8/30: Gulf of Mexico Production Shut-Ins Show Fluctuating Recovery
As of 11:30 a.m. CDT on 30 August, operator reports submitted to the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) estimated 18.5% of oil production in the Gulf of Mexico has been shut in, or about 323,760 B/D. The shut-in of natural gas production remains nearly unchanged at 611 MMcf/d from yesterday’s report.
Also unchanged is the number of production platforms, 102, that had personal evacuated. This is 14% of the 737 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. Personnel remain evacuated from five nondynamically positioned rigs, equivalent to 50% percent of the 10 rigs of this type currently operating in the Gulf.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast issued at 10:00 p.m. CDT last night said Harvey has continued to weaken since Harvey’s center has moved farther inland over Louisiana. Surface observations indicate that winds along the northern Gulf coast have decreased, and the system became a tropical depression. Harvey should continue to gradually weaken as the circulation moves farther inland, and the cyclone is expected to dissipate over the Ohio Valley within 72 hours.
Operators Build the Business Case for Drones
Drones are becoming an important tool for energy companies looking to improve on-site safety and operational efficiencies, and the industry is looking for the best way to maximize their value. What are some the challenges in getting these programs off the ground?
Can Robots Improve Above-Water Riser Inspections?
The criticality of above-water riser hull piping requires frequent inspections. Traditional manual inspection methods present safety and efficiency concerns, but work is being done to see if robotic technologies—such as drones and crawlers—can do the job as good as, or even better than, humans.
API Releases Guide for Drones in Oil and Gas
As drones become a more significant part of energy projects, the guide outlines the steps operators should take in assessing their capabilities to run a drone program and the elements such programs should consider, including safety and regulatory concerns.
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