July 10, 2019 / 6:20 PM / 10 days ago

U.S. producers cut a third of Gulf of Mexico production as storm approaches

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Crude production in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday was cut by nearly a third, or 602,715 barrels per day (bpd), as a storm threatened offshore oil production, according to figures released by a U.S. regulator.

U.S. oil producers evacuated 15 oil and gas production platforms and four offshore drilling rigs, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said. Natural gas production was reduced by nearly 18%.

Reporting by Collin Eaton in Houston, editing by G Crosse

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