* BP, Chevron, Marathon shut production in Gulf of Mexico
* Louisiana Offshore Oil Port stops tanker offloading
* Chevron, Anadarko evacuating workers, no output shut
* Exxon preparing for possible shutdowns
(Adds Chevron output shut)
By Erwin Seba and Bruce Nichols
HOUSTON, Nov 8 U.S. oil companies were shutting
production on Sunday as they evacuated workers from the Gulf of
Mexico ahead of Hurricane Ida, which is forecast to roar across
the offshore oil patch Monday before making landfall on
BP Plc (BP.L), one the Gulf's largest oil producers, said
on Sunday some of its production was shut and nonessential
workers were evacuated from Ida's forecast path. The company
does not disclose amounts of shut production.
Chevron Corp (CVX.N) said it had also shut some
Marathon Oil Corp (MRO.N) had shut its Ewing Bank
production platform after evacuating workers, a spokeswoman
said on Sunday. The Ewing Bank platform can produce 11,700
barrels of oil and 10.5 million cubic feet of natural gas a
The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port, or LOOP, which takes in an
average of 1 million barrels of foreign crude from cargo ships
daily, stopped offloading tankers shortly after noon CST Sunday
(1800 GMT) due to deteriorating sea conditions, according to a
Anadarko Petroleum Corp (APC.N) said workers were being
evacuated from platforms in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, but
no oil production was shut in.
Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) said it preparing for possible
shutdowns ahead of heavy weather at offshore and onshore Gulf
of Mexico locations including its Mobile Bay, Alabama, natural
Oil companies began lifting workers off of platforms in the
eastern and central Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, said a
helicopter company executive.
"We've had a very busy day," said Jim Shugart, executive
vice president of marketing for ERA Helicopters of Lake
"We expect tomorrow to be pretty busy if the weather gives
us a shot to complete what we're doing," Shugart said. "We
started Saturday. They've been flying all day. Can't put a
number on it. I would think like 30 or 40 helicopters."
Hurricane Ida was packing 100 mile-per-hour (161 kph) winds
on Sunday, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center,
which rated it a Category 2 storm on the five-step
Ida is forecast to strike the U.S. Gulf Coast between
Louisiana and Florida sometime Tuesday morning, the Hurricane
ConocoPhillips (COP.N) said operations in the Gulf of
Mexico were continuing as normal on Sunday while the company
monitors the storm's progress.
The LOOP continues to supply U.S. Gulf Coast refineries
from tens of millions of barrels of oil stored onshore despite
the halt in tanker offloading, said LOOP spokeswoman Barb
The LOOP also continues receiving via pipeline 500,000
barrels per day (bpd) in oil from the Mars and Thunder Horse
production platforms in the Gulf, Hestermann said.
"We may not be offloading tankers Monday and Tuesday as
well," she said.
The Gulf of Mexico accounts for 25 percent of U.S. oil
production and about 15 percent of national natural gas output.
according to the U.S. government.
(Editing Bernard Orr)