Production turned off at oil platforms as Cristobal threatens

BP has begun to turn off production at three platforms in the northern Gulf of Mexico. It is evacuating workers because of Tropical Storm Cristobal, which has been forecast to hit Louisiana over the weekend of June 6th/7th.

Cristobal hit Ciudad del Carmen and offshore oil fields areas, southeast Mexico, Gulf of Mexico, on June 3rd and was reported to have damaged at least one Mexican state oil company PEMEX oil platform. The Ciudad del Carmen port was also damaged.

BP told Reuters that it was reducing production at its Thunder Horse, Atlantis and Na Kika platforms. Non-essential workers were being taken off the Mad Dog platform, but production was not being cut back.

Norway’s Equinor ASA began evacuating non-essential workers on Wednesday. It plans to stop production at its Titan oil platform on Friday if the storm continues along its projected path.

Occidental Petroleum Corp has begun to fly non-essential workers to shore from its central Gulf of Mexico operations. However the company said on Wednesday that production was continuing uninterrupted, the company said on Wednesday.

Chevron, Exxon Mobil, BHP Petroleum, Royal Dutch Shell and Hess Corp said on Wednesday that they were monitoring the storm but that they had not yet evacuated any workers.

Cristobal made landfall on the coast of Mexico on Wednesday and was moving inland over eastern Mexico. It was expected to re-emerge over the southern Gulf of Mexico on Friday and move north, regaining strength over water and then threatening the US Gulf Coast.