At least two offshore oil and natural gas platforms have stopped operations in the US Gulf of Mexico after an Enterprise Product Partners LP plant had caught fire in Pascagoula, Mississippi, reported Reuters.
Even though the fire was eventually extinguished, some pipelines and platforms were forced to halt operations. BP and Enbridge’s joint venture, the Destin pipeline, that sends gas from the Gulf of Mexico to Enterprise’s plant, remains shut. In addition, LLOG Exploration’s Delta House platform, and Murphy Oil’s Thunder Hawk platform, were also forced to stop their services, according to Bloomberg.
CNBC reported that Enterprise acquired the Pascaguola plant from BP Plc in early-June 2016. Bloomberg added that the plant can process 1.5bcf/d of natural gas, but was averaging 400mcf/d when the fire occurred. An analyst at Energy Aspects Ltd, Dominic Haywood, believes that the pipeline disruption can significantly curtail Gulf of Mexico’s crude oil supply if the offshore platforms fail to find an alternative for sending their gas, when a crucial pipeline that brings output onshore was shut.