Hurricane Delta: U.S. halts oil production

Oil companies have withdrawn mass workers from offshore production facilities in the United States as a function of hurricane Delta's advance. The hurricane is expected to hit the U.S. Gulf coast this weekend, and is the tenth storm to hit the territory by 2020, the highest number since 2016.

On the morning of Wednesday (7), the storm touched land on the Caribbean coast of Mexico as a category two hurricane, with winds of up to 175 km/h. The forecast is that the hurricane will travel quintana Roo and Yucatán to return to the sea by the Gulf of Mexico and head to the U.S.
Until last Tuesday (6), 57 production units in the Gulf of Mexico had their teams withdrawn, halting production of 540,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil and 232 million cubic feet per day of natural gas. The region accounts for approximately 17% of U.S. oil production.

This year, oil production had to be halted several times during the storm season. The pandemic further complicates the situation, as some workers are forced to be quarantined on the ground and test for the virus before returning.


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