Energy companies are having a hard time getting workers and supplies to offshore production platforms and refineries to make repairs after Hurricane Ida due to extensive storm damage to onshore infrastructure, executives said.
Some firms are still early in assessing damage from Ida, three days after the storm tore through the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, pushing several feet of water into coastal plants and toppling transmission towers inland. Its 150-mile-per-hour (240 kph) winds were the strongest since Laura hit the state a year ago.
Roughly 1.7 million barrels of offshore oil production is offline, and damage around transportation and support hubs, including Houma and Port Fourchon, could slow efforts to restore production.
Shell said the storm inflicted “significant damage” to a heliport in Houma, Louisiana, used to transport workers to offshore platforms, and said it must establish a new facility before returning workers to production sites.