"From operator reports, it is estimated that approximately 39.5 percent of the current oil production in the Gulf of Mexico has been shut-in," the release stated. "It is also estimated that approximately 28.4 percent of the natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico has been shut-in."
In addition, personnel have been evacuated from three rigs and another eight rigs have been moved out of the storm’s path, the release said.
Production platforms are the structures located offshore that remain at the same location throughout a project’s duration, as opposed to drilling rigs that move from location to location, according to the release.
After the hurricane has passed, facilities will be inspected for damage and immediately brought back on line if no damage is observed, the release noted.
Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall as a Category 3 storm on Wednesday, the strongest storm to hit the panhandle of Western Florida in 13 years, according to the latest forecasts.