Energy companies with rigs in the Gulf of Mexico have begun preparing to resume oil and gas production after Tropical Storm Cristobal passed through, bringing high winds and heavy rains, but causing no structural damage.
A total of 182 offshore facilities had been evacuated, with about a third of oil and gas production in the US Gulf of Mexico shut off, as of early Monday June 8th. The region provides about 1.93m bpd of oil when functioning at full capacity.
Cristobal weakened fairly quickly to a tropical depression after making landfall in Louisiana on Sunday.
Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Murphy Oil Corp and BP Plc were among the companies that said on Monday they were starting to resume normal operations and return workers to offshore facilities.
Exxon Mobil Corp, Shell and PBF Energy Inc kept their oil refineries in Louisiana in operation, reported Reuters, citing unnamed people familiar with the operations.
Chevron Corp refineries in Pascagoula, Mississippi; Belle Chasse, Louisiana; and Pasadena, Texas, did not sustain any significant damage, the company said on Monday.