BP shuts down production of oil rigs in Gulf of Mexico as Hurricane Michael nears

BP's Na Kika platform in the Gulf of Mexico (BP website)

As Hurricane Michael heads towards the Gulf Coast, BP states it has ceased operations in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico to ensure the safety of personnel and operations.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says Hurricane Michael (Category 1) is projected to make landfall somewhere along the Florida panhandle Wednesday as a major hurricane and then move across Georgia into South Carolina.

BP released a statement released Monday on Hurricane Michael:

With forecasts indicating that the storm will strengthen as it moves into the northern Gulf of Mexico, BP is in the process of evacuating personnel and has shut (down) production at BP’s four operated platforms, Atlantis, Mad Dog, Na Kika and Thunder Horse. Rigs are also preparing for storm evasion as necessary. BP will continue to monitor offshore conditions to determine when conditions are safe to redeploy personnel and resume operations.

The four production facilities and drilling rigs make BP one of the industry’s largest leaseholders and is a leading producer of oil and natural gas.

Below are the locations of the oil rigs.

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