* US says 3.21 pct oil, 3.64 pct natgas output still shut
* Most affected energy facilities fully restarted
* Debby first 2012 storm to disrupt Gulf energy operations
By Kristen Hays
HOUSTON, June 27 Oil and gas producers in the
Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday had restarted nearly all output shut
because of Tropical Storm Debby as the weakened storm's remnants
moved out into the Atlantic Ocean after soaking parts of
U.S. regulators said a fraction of oil and gas output --
less than 4 percent of each -- was still shut on Wednesday.
The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said
3.21 percent of daily oil output, or 44,229 barrels per day, and
3.64 percent of daily natural gas production, or 164 million
cubic feet per day, was still shut.
Those figures peaked on Monday because of Debby, with 44.1
percent of daily oil and 34.8 percent of natural gas output
Debby was the first named storm of 2012 to disrupt energy
operations in the Gulf, which accounts for about 20 percent of
U.S. oil production and 6 percent of U.S natural gas output.
Anadarko Petroleum Corp, the largest gas producer in
the Gulf, said on Wednesday it had restarted the gas-only
Independence Hub platform.
The Hub is the easternmost energy installation in the Gulf,
which put it closer to Debby than others as the storm veered
toward Florida. It can produce up to 1 billion cubic feet of gas
Anadarko shut and evacuated four platforms for the storm,
but two were restarted by Tuesday. The fourth, Neptune, which
can produce up to 14,000 bpd of oil and 23 mmcfd of gas, was
undergoing minor maintenance on Wednesday and would soon
restart, the company said.
BP Plc, the largest oil producer in the Gulf, would
not specify whether its seven oil and gas platforms had
restarted, but the regulator's figures indicated that they had.
"Oil and gas production will be ramped up in the coming days
as facilities are restaffed and safe startup procedures are
completed," spokesman Brett Clanton said.
BP's affected facilities included Thunder Horse, the world's
largest oil and gas platform, which is designed to produce up to
250,000 bpd of oil and 200 mmcfd of gas.
Debby deluged parts of central and northern Florida with
more than 2 feet (61 cm) of rain as it hovered in the Gulf of
Mexico and cut across the peninsula. It was downgraded to a
tropical depression when its winds died down on Tuesday night.