U.S. energy companies begin restoring oil and gas output after storm exits

By Seba Erwin

HOUSTON (Reuters) — U.S. utility producers returned employees and restarted activities at storm-swept plants in the U.S.

Sunday's Gulf Coast was barred across the city, two days later.

The companies announced the return of staff to production platforms in the northern Gulf in the US controlled by the Chevron Corp, the Royal Dutch Shell PLC and BHP Company.

Speaking Judy Dane said BHP expects employees to complete their return of their pipelines to their development platforms in Shenzi and NEPTUNE on Sunday.

The assessment of harm installations, return staff and the reconstruction of offshore output can be achieved many days after a storm for energy producers.

Oil and gas pipelines running and processing the offshore power have shut down in advance of the hurricane.

According to the US authorities, 8.79 million barrels of oil and 8.30 billion cubic peters of natural gas, combined volumen shut-ins by Hurricane Delta on Sunday.

The region generates about 1.8 million barrels of oil per day, or 17% of overall US output and 5% of regular US production of natural gas.

The Calcasieu Waterway in Louisiana and the ports of Lake Charles and Cameron in Louisiana, close Delta landed Friday night, remained sealed.

On Sunday, US restrictions were reopened at ports in Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas, including Sabine Pass operated by large crude- and liquefied gas processing facilities.

Saying Coast Guard.

The 225.500 barrels of Port Arthur refining every day proceeded on Sunday for Overall SA.

On Friday, it lost control in the retaining facility, about 65 miles (100 km) west of Creole, Louisiana.

The Delta, which was fast-paced, swept across Louisiana on Saturday and later that day became a low pressure system in the US.

It was 16 mph south of Knoxville, Tennessee and Sunday morning.

Rest of delta was expected in Tennessee, North-East Georgia's Appalachian region, western Carolina and West Virginia, to drop 3 to 6 inches (7.6 to15.2 cm) of rain, said the Sunday National Hurricane Center.

(Erwin Seba report; Lisa Shumaker's editing)