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Hurricane Impacts on the U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Markets


As of Tuesday, December 20, 5:00 pm

Shut-in Status
Date
Shut-in Oil
(bbl/d)
% of Total
Federal GOM
Shut-in Gas
(mmcf/d)
% of Total
Federal GOM
 12/19/2005
414,495
26.3%
2,014
19.9%
 12/16/2005
426,282
27.0%
2,228
22.1%
 12/15/2005
426,282
27.0%
3,228
22.1%
 12/12/2005
441,394
28.0%
2,312
22.9%
 12/9/2005
447,425
28.4%
2,347
23.2%
 12/8/2005
464,858
29.5%
2,442
24.2%
 12/7/2005
476,035
30.2%
2,475
24.5%
 12/6/2005
503,187
31.9%
2,650
26.2%
 12/5/2005
509,270
32.3%
2,716
26.9%
 12/2/2005
539,074
34.2%
2,943
29.1%
 12/1/2005
547,074
34.7%
2,964
29.3%
source: Minerals Management Service; Energy Information Administration
note: Represents Federal offshore oil and natural gas production shut-ins.


Prices
NYMEX Futures Prices 12/20/2005 12/19/2005
change
Week Ago
11/13/2005
Year Ago
12/20/2004
  WTI Crude Oil ($/Bbl)
57.98
57.34
+0.64
61.37
45.64
  Gasoline (c/gal)
150.88
152.69
-1.81
164.59
115.22
  Heating Oil (c/gal)
172.03
170.33
+1.70
183.65
139.88
  Natural Gas ($/MMBtu)
14.08
14.04
+0.04
14.84
6.95


Petroleum
Refinery shutdowns in the Gulf of Mexico region totaled 367,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) as of December 15, 2005. Please consult the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability's Situation Report for specific information on the refineries.

On December 19, EIA released the weekly Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update. The average weekly retail gasoline price increased to 221.1 cents per gallon (up 2.6 cents from the previous week). The average national weekly diesel fuel price increased 2.6 cents to 246.2 cents per gallon.

Natural Gas
The Louisiana Office of Conservation is addressing the operating status of producing wells in a thirty-eight (38) parish region for information. As of December 20, the Office has received reports indicating 1,598 million cubic feet a day (MMcf/d) of onshore and offshore (in State waters only) natural gas production has been restored, which is 71.5 percent of total production before the hurricanes. Overall, 2,186 oil and gas wells, or 36.7 percent of the wells in the region, reportedly remain shut-in. However, the Office has not received information on approximately 10.9 percent of the oil and gas wells in the region. The daily gas production capacity of the 38 parish region is estimated to be approximately 2,235 MMcf/d, based on the average production reported to the Office for the period January 2005 to May 2005.

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita damaged a number of natural gas processing facilities on the Gulf Coast. The loss has and will continue to delay recovery of natural gas production in the area. Even if platforms and pipelines are either unaffected or readily restored to service, the gas often can't flow to market without treatment. In 2003 (the latest year with complete data), almost three-fourths of total U.S. marketed gas production was processed prior to delivery to market. A number of processing plants in Louisiana and Texas, with capacities equal to or greater than 100 MMcf/d, are not active. These plants have an aggregate capacity of 5.25 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d), and they had a total pre-hurricane flow volume of 3.26 Bcf/d. A number of the inactive plants are expected to be operating by early January. Based on updated data, the incremental available capacity at that time would be 2.00 Bcf/d.

 

Map of Hurricane Katrina's Path showing oil rigs & refineries.                                           Click to see larger version.
                                                map courtesy of iMapData Inc.

Gulf of Mexico Oil & Natural Gas Facts
Energy Information Administration
Data as of June 2005 unless otherwise noted.

Gulf of Mexico
Total U.S.
% from
Gulf of Mexico
Oil (million barrels per day)
  Federal Offshore Crude Oil Production (5/05)
1.576
5.494
28.7%
  Total Gulf Coast Region Refinery Capacity (as of 1/1/05) 
8.068
17.006
47.4%
  Total Gulf Coast Region Crude Oil Imports
6.490
10.753
60.4%
    - of which into ports in LA, MS and AL
2.524
10.753
23.5%
    - of which into LOOP
0.906
10.753
8.5%
Natural Gas (billion cubic feet per day)
  Federal Offshore Marketed Production (5/05)
10.1
50.58
20.0%

News & Recent Reports
DOE Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability hurricane situation reports
Department of Interior Minerals Management Service

Related EIA Data Releases
Weekly Petroleum Status Report Released after 10:30 a.m. (Eastern time) on Wednesdays except on holiday weeks (release delayed one day).
U.S. Gasoline and Diesel Prices Released after 5:00 p.m. (Eastern time) on Mondays except on holiday weeks (released on Tuesday).
Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report Released between 10:30 a.m. and 10:40 a.m., (Eastern time) on Thursdays.
Short Term Energy Outlook
Next release, December 6, 2005, 12:00 p.m. Noon (Eastern time).


References
Alabama Oil Profile
Alabama Natural Gas Summary
Louisiana Oil Profile
Louisiana Natural Gas Summary
Mississippi Oil Profile
Mississippi Natural Gas Summary
Texas Oil Profile
Texas Natural Gas Summary


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