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WASHINGTON, (Sputnik) – Offshore oil and gas platforms closed in the Gulf of Mexico due to Hurricane Ida resulted in a 95% reduction in the region’s oil production and an almost identical reduction in production of natural gas, the US Department of Energy said Tuesday. .

“As of 12:30 p.m. EDT on August 30, 95 percent of oil production and 94 percent of natural gas production in federally administered areas of the Gulf of Mexico in the United States remained closed,” he said. the Department of Energy said in a press release. Release.

In addition, nine refineries in the U.S. state of Louisiana have closed operations, accounting for about 2.3 million barrels per day of refining capacity, or about 13 percent of the U.S. total, the statement said.

While damage assessments are underway at some refineries, operations cannot restart until electricity and other essential third-party utilities are restored, the statement added.

Offshore rig and refinery shutdowns are not expected to cause immediate supply problems as Gulf Coast gasoline and distillate inventories were 3% and 5% above the five-year seasonal average when Ida hit the Americas, the statement said.


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