Producers Evacuating GoM Workers Ahead of Storm

Occidental Petroleum, Equinor and BP are removing nonessential workers from several Gulf of Mexico production platforms ahead of Tropical Storm Cristobal, the companies said on Wednesday.

Equinor will shut-in production at its Titan oil platform and remove remaining workers on Friday if the storm continues along its projected path, spokesman Hasting Stewart told Reuters.

Occidental is removing nonessential workers from some central Gulf of Mexico facilities, it said.

BP is cutting production at its Thunder Horse, Atlantis and Na Kika platforms because of Cristobal, the company said in an online statement. Nonessential workers are being removed from the Mad Dog platform, but production has not been cut.

Other Gulf of Mexico operators, including Chevron, ExxonMobil, BHP Petroleum, Royal Dutch Shell and Hess Corp, said on Wednesday they are monitoring the storm but have not evacuated workers.

Cristobal made landfall on the coast of Mexico on Wednesday and is moving inland over eastern Mexico, the U.S. National Hurricane Center, said in its latest advisory. The storm is expected to reemerge over the southern Gulf of Mexico on Friday and move north, threatening the U.S. Gulf Coast. Current forecasts have the storm striking the Louisiana coast by Sunday.

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