Evacuations, Shutdowns: How Texas Energy Companies Brace for Tropical Storm Harvey

Tropical Storm Harvey is forcing energy companies to evacuate or temporarily shut down their oil and natural gas facilities in the Gulf of Mexico as the storm develops into a major hurricane expected to make landfall on the Texas coast late Friday.Anadarko Petroleum Corp. shut in production and evacuated its Boomvang, Gunnison, Lucius and Nansen oil and gas production platforms in Gulf of Mexico ahead of Harvey, according to statement on the company website Wednesday. Noble Corp Plc. evacuated its Noble Paul Romano rig, Jeff Chastain, a company spokesman, said Thursday by email.Exxon Mobil Corp. had said it's cutting output at its Hoover production platform in the Gulf of Mexico ahead of the storm. The company's also working on plans to evacuate staff in stages from offshore facilities, Suann Guthrie, a spokeswoman, said by email Wednesday. Royal Dutch Shell Plc shut production at its Perdido platform and evacuated the facility.   Continue reading...

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