Hurricane Laura affects US oil production

Hurricane Laura approaches the US coast, where it must arrive this Wednesday night (26). Laura has been gaining strength and has category 3 on a scale of 5, with winds reaching 185 km / h. The phenomenon has strong destructive potential and threatens oil production in the region. More of 100 oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico were evacuated as a measure of precaution.

The forecast is that the hurricane will continue to gain strength until reach category 4 as it approaches the states of Louisiana and Texas. There, important oil refining centers are located: Lake Charles, in Louisiana, and Beaumont and Port Arthur in Texas, all close to the coast.

As a result, the industry has been reducing production to prepare for the phenomenon. According to Reuters, on Monday (22), Laura already had caused a decrease of about 82% in production, corresponding to 1.5 million barrels per day (bpd) of oil. These levels approximate those of 2005, when Hurricane Katrina caused a 90% decrease in production oil industry.

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