Title: Damage to Offshore Oil and Gas Facilities Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: An Overview
Authors: CRUZ NARANJO ANA-MARIAKRAUSMANN ELISABETH
Citation: JOURNAL OF LOSS PREVENTION IN THE PROCESS INDUSTRIES vol. 21 no. 6 p. 620-626
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Publication Year: 2008
JRC N°: JRC43843
ISSN: 0950-4230
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC43843
DOI: 10.1016/j.jlp.2008.04.008
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: Hurricane Katrina and Rita hit the centre of the American petrochemical industry, shutting down eight refineries, hundreds of oil-drilling and production platforms, and many other industrial facilities. Furthermore, it triggered unprecedented numbers of hazardous-materials releases from industrial facilities and storage terminals onshore, as well as from oil and gas production facilities offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. In this paper we analyze the damage caused by the two hurricanes on the offshore oil and gas industry. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita caused the largest number of destroyed and damaged platforms and pipelines, and the highest number of MODUs set adrift in the history of GoM operations. Since the hurricanes changes have been proposed to operating and emergency procedures, maintenance requirements, and design practices including mooring practices for mobile offshore drilling units.
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