Data Science Offers Perspective on Downtime of Production Facilities Caused by Storms in the Gulf of Mexico

Journal of Petroleum Technology 

Tropical storms severely affect oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico, especially during the storm season from June to December. Offshore well managers often need to shut down operations and evacuate the facility because of storm alerts. Furthermore, if the storms have a more-severe effect, facilities may need to be repaired before production restarts. The purpose of this paper is to determine the effect of storms on production by quantifying metrics such as downtime days and downtime percentage after the storm has passed and whether a facility's platform type affected these metrics. Oil and gas production at offshore facilities (Figure 1) are severely affected, especially in the Gulf of Mexico, by frequent storms.

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