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GOM - US Gulf production, power slowly returning post-Ida

US offshore oil and natural gas production continues to return to service while the pace of power restoration in Louisiana is also rising daily, eight days after Hurricane Ida hit the region.

The percentage of offshore oil production off line dipped slightly from yesterday to 84pc, or 1.5mn b/d, as of 12:30pm ET according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), while 80pc of offshore natural gas, or 1.8 Bcf/d, remains shut. The number of offshore platforms that remain unmanned fell by five from yesterday to 99 as companies return workers to the region.

Onshore local utility Entergy said today it has restored power to 511,000 customers, more than half of those that fell dark from the storm, with nearly 65pc of New Orleans customers back online. Full restoration in New Orleans East and Orleans parish is expected by 8 September, but areas of southeast Louisiana hardest hit by the storm may need to wait until the end of the month, including Assumption, Lafourche, Plaquemines and St Charles parishes.

Five refineries remain shut-in today from a combination of storm damage and a lack of power, including Phillips 66's 250,000 b/d Alliance refinery, Shell's 250,000 b/d Norco refinery, Valero's 215,000 b/d St Charles and 135,000 b/d Meraux refineries, and PBF's 190,000 b/d Chalmette refinery.

Belle Chasse, where Alliance is located, is expected to have power restored by 10 September, according to Entergy.

All sections of the Mississippi river were reopened to traffic over the weekend when Entergy cleared power lines that fell into the river upstream from New Orleans. The Coast Guard continues to urge extreme caution for ships from mile marker 56-58 because of a large field of partially sunken barges.

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