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.
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Unstructured data, such as process logs, safety reports, and public records, make up the bulk of data produced from the oil field. Emerging NLP technology has been designed to help make sense of this data, enabling better insights into near-accidents.
BSEE Safety Alert: Improper Compressor Purging Leads To Explosions
Two Gulf of Mexico incidents occurred that were related to compressors not being purged properly prior to startup. BSEE issued a Safety Alert outlining the circumstances and made recommendations for prevention.
SwRI Develops Autonomous Leak Detection System for Chemical Spills
Southwest Research Institute has developed a leak detection system to autonomously monitor pipelines for hazardous chemical spills. R&D Magazine recently recognized the system as one of the 100 most significant innovations of 2017.
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