September 3, 2017 / 6:56 PM / a year ago

About 5.5 percent U.S. Gulf oil output still shut after Harvey: government agency

HOUSTON (Reuters) - About 5.5 percent of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico’s oil production, or 96,000 barrels of daily output, remained shut on Sunday after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas more than a week ago, the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said.

Derrick Washington fills-up after waiting in line for gasoline at the Fuel City service station in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, in Dallas, Texas, U.S., September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Brandon Wade

The total lost oil production in the Gulf since offshore platforms started shutting on Aug. 23 is about 2.97 million barrels. Affected output is down significantly from the peak of 24.5 percent, or 428,568 bpd, on Aug. 26 as evacuated workers returned and activity resumed.

Energy companies operating in the offshore Gulf of Mexico produce about 1.75 million bpd of oil.

“Since the storm has passed, operators have begun inspecting facilities and resuming production. To date, no damage reports have been received,” BSEE said in a press release.

Personnel remain evacuated from 30 offshore platforms, it said.

The federal agency also estimated that 8.4 percent of the natural gas production of 3,220 million cubic feet per day remains shut in, equivalent to 271.39 million cubic feet per day halted. The total production affected since Aug. 23 has been 6.35 billion cubic feet.

Reporting by Marianna Parraga and Gary McWilliams; Editing by Catherine Ngai and Andrew Hay

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