BSEE Update 8/30: Gulf of Mexico Production Shut-Ins Show Fluctuating Recovery
As of 11:30 a.m. CDT on 30 August, operator reports submitted to the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) estimated 18.5% of oil production in the Gulf of Mexico has been shut in, or about 323,760 B/D. The shut-in of natural gas production remains nearly unchanged at 611 MMcf/d from yesterday’s report.
Also unchanged is the number of production platforms, 102, that had personal evacuated. This is 14% of the 737 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. Personnel remain evacuated from five nondynamically positioned rigs, equivalent to 50% percent of the 10 rigs of this type currently operating in the Gulf.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast issued at 10:00 p.m. CDT last night said Harvey has continued to weaken since Harvey’s center has moved farther inland over Louisiana. Surface observations indicate that winds along the northern Gulf coast have decreased, and the system became a tropical depression. Harvey should continue to gradually weaken as the circulation moves farther inland, and the cyclone is expected to dissipate over the Ohio Valley within 72 hours.
ISO Approves First Safety Standards for Commercial Drone Operation
The organization said the new standard, which focuses on air safety and data protection, is the first step in a wider move to promote the use of drones within a framework of approved regulatory compliance.
North Dakota, Texas Fuel Increase in US Natural Gas Venting and Flaring
According to a new report from the EIA, the volume of natural gas reported as flared reached its highest average annual level in 2018, 1.28 Bcf/D. With production soaring in the Bakken, Permian, and Eagle Ford plays, North Dakota and Texas accounted for more than 80% of that total.
Drones Take Off in the Oil Field, but How High Will They Fly?
Unmanned aerial vehicles are creeping up on ubiquity in the oil and gas industry, but their potential still firmly outweighs the actuality. A panel at the 2019 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition took a close look at the benefits of drones and at the tethers still holding back their use.
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