We have watched with fear and sorrow since Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas Gulf Coast last week, leaving extensive suffering, loss and destruction in its path. Like so many in the community, we are looking for ways to help our neighbors who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. The impacts on communities and critical infrastructure, including our nation’s oil and gas production and refining, has affected hundreds of thousands of people and has been felt by the entire country.
About 17 percent of U.S. crude oil output comes from the Gulf of Mexico, or 1.661 million bpd as of May, according to the EIA. As we all know, many of these platforms had to shut down to prepare for the mega storm. Overall, the storm took an estimated 25 percent of U.S. refining capacity offline. The U.S. Department of Energy reported early September that eight refineries, representing about 10 percent of the nation’s total refining capacity, had begun the re-start process. It could take weeks or months for each plant to operate at full capacity again.
In times like these, it is more important than ever to ensure the safety of staff members and operations at oil and gas exploration, production and refining facilities, both onshore and offshore. There is a greater risk involved from starting back up after shutting down from incidents such as hurricanes. We have concerns that restarting these critical portions of our industry in the aftermath of the flooding from Harvey could bring additional and potentially devastating problems for the oil and gas sector.
Consider these question as you prepare to start back up operations: Are you safe to restart? Do you know your cumulative risks in this dynamic environment?
We recognize the complexities and stress in this current environment can feel overwhelming. We wish you and your teams success in this difficult situation. Please contact us at (832) 691-7568 to discuss how we can help you re-start more efficiently, with better control and less risk.