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Chevron back to 'normal' in US Gulf

US supermajor says it has redeployed all personnel to facilities in region

US supermajor Chevron said it had resumed normal operations in the US Gulf of Mexico after evacuating facilities in the region last week ahead of Hurricane Nate.

"Chevron has redeployed all personnel to our Gulf of Mexico facilities and resumed normal operations," the company said in a statement

Chevron had evacuated its Blind Faith, Genesis, Jack/St. Malo, Petronius and Tahiti facilities before the storm hit the region.

The company on Monday said it had re-opened its Whitecap pipeline as well as its Fourchon and Empire pipeline terminals for receipt and delivery of crude oil.

Although workers continue to re-boardfacilities, a substantial amount of production was still offline.

About 32.7% of the current oil production in the US Gulf, equivalent to nearly 572,000 barrels of oil per day, was still shut-in on Wednesday, according to figures from the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. Meanwhile, about 660.6 million cubic feet per day of natural gas, or 20.5% of the US Gulf's natural gas output, was offline.

One out of 20 non-dynamically positioned rigs working in the US Gulf remained evacuated on Wednesday, BSEE said. Thirty-six of the US Gulf's manned 737 production platforms were still waiting on crews to return.