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USA - US Gulf Production, Operations Restart After Delta

US oil and natural gas producers are redeploying staff to offshore platforms and restarting operations after Hurricane Delta's pass through the region late last week.

The storm made landfall in the early evening of 9 October near Creole, Louisiana, as a Category 2 storm, bringing 100mph winds and coastal storm surge. Offshore production was shut in and some refineries ran at reduced levels as tens of thousands fled the region, which is still recovering from Hurricane Laura in late August.

The number of offshore platforms where personnel have been evacuated was 198 today, down from a peak of 276, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). About 1.7mn b/d or 91pc of offshore oil production and 62pc or 1.7 Bcf/d of natural gas production was still offline as of 12:30pm ET today, the BSEE said — small drops from the height of storm shut-ins. About 17pc of US crude production and 5pc of natural gas production comes from the offshore Gulf of Mexico.

Shell is redeploying personnel to its offshore assets, but production remains shut in, the company said in an update. Mobile drilling units were returning to drill sites to re-start operations.

Chevron has also started to redeploy personnel and restore production at its Gulf of Mexico platforms that were shut in ahead of Delta. Chevron's Fourchon and Empire terminals and related pipeline systems are back in service.

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