The companies are turning off operations for the extraction of oil and natural gas in the Gulf of Mexico because of the approach of the tropical storm Nate. According to the US Bureau of Environmental Safety (BSEE) on Thursday, about 14.6% of oil production capacity, or more than 254.6 thousand barrels per day, was suspended. In addition, gas production of 206.7 million cubic feet per day, representing 6.4% of total production in the region, was also stopped.
Exxon Mobil and Chevron previously announced the evacuation of personnel from the platforms located in the Gulf.
According to meteorologists, the storm by the weekend will grow into a hurricane that will pass through the center of the Gulf of Mexico and can reach the US coast in Louisiana on Sunday morning.
A tropical storm warning was issued late Friday morning for New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain, west to Morgan City, Louisiana, the hurricane center said, while a hurricane warning was issued from Grand Isle, Louisiana, to the Alabama-Florida border. A storm surge warning was put in place from Morgan City to the Alabama-Florida line, as well as along the northern and western shores of Lake Pontchartrain.
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