RPT-U.S. offshore suppliers plot change from Louisiana’s difficult-hit ports

(Repeats product issued previously)

By Liz Hampton

Sept 1 (Reuters) – Offshore electrical power providers have began looking for new bases absent from Louisiana’s devastated ports as oil and fuel providers start initiatives to resume their Gulf of Mexico operations.

Port Fourchon, a critical hub for the offshore marketplace, was slammed by Ida on Sunday when it manufactured landfall with winds in excess of 150 miles per hour (240 kph). Supply boat, gas and air ferry solutions have been continue to unable to entry amenities there on Wednesday thanks to in depth storm damage.

Dozens of oil and gas providers function in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, which provides 1.7 million barrels for each day – or about 16% – of the nation’s oil creation. Provide providers in Port Fourchon and close by Houma are critical links in that output, supplying foodstuff, gas, machines and boat and helicopter transportation to Gulf of Mexico deepwater platforms.

“The coronary heart of the offshore oil sector took a direct strike,” claimed Tony Odak, running main at Stone Oil Distributor, which supplies diesel and other fuels to offshore companies. “Everyone is scrambling to get operational as quickly as attainable.”

Port Fourchon was swamped by a 12-14 foot (3.7-4.3 meter) storm surge, and recorded a wind gust of up to 190 mph (305 kph), an official for the Port approximated. The U.S. Coast Guard is surveying its waters and expects to quickly reopen the port to vessel site visitors.

“We are working to do it as rapidly as attainable. We’re not speaking about months, we’re speaking about times,” stated Coastline Guard Capt. Will Watson, commander of New Orleans sector.

But relocations have begun.

“Cameron, Intercoastal Metropolis and Galveston are all remaining viewed as” for new offshore source centers, stated Brad James, main executive of Business Offshore Drilling. “Some shoppers are thinking about bases in Mississippi and Alabama,” he extra.

Clair Marceaux, main govt of the Cameron Parish Port in western Louisiana, about 125 miles (200 km) to the west of Port Fourchon, has been fielding inquiries for area from offshore operators and suppliers.

“It might fill up quickly,” she reported in a cellular phone interview, interrupted by at minimum eight email messages inquiring about availability at the port.

Cameron Parish now has no operating heliports, just after a few had been shuttered throughout recent several years because of to slowing offshore exercise. Those could be restarted if desire picks up, Marceaux reported.

Stone Oil’s Tony Odak explained his organization will ramp up operations at an current Cameron facility. But he reported it will rebuild in Port Fourchon.

“There is not a whole good deal of infrastructure in Cameron,” he claimed. (Reporting by Liz Hampton in Denver and Jessica Resnick-Ault in New York modifying by Richard Pullin)