Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Kerr-McGee Evacuates Offshore Gulf Operations

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Kerr-McGee Evacuates Offshore Gulf Operations

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With possible devastation looming from the slow-moving, category- 5 Hurricane Ivan, Kerr-McGee and other oil and natural gas producers are evacuating their Gulf of Mexico rigs.

By late Monday, Oklahoma City-based Kerr-McGee had pulled about 100 employees and contractors from 17 facilities.

Some of the non-essentials we had moved earlier, said John Christiansen, spokesperson. Today (Monday) we're moving off some of our essential workers.

At the company's Neptune facility, one of its operated hubs, about seven of the 16 workers were evacuated earlier this week and the remaining nine workers were removed Monday.

The company also shut in those 17 Kerr-McGee-operated facilities, which would produce between 42,000 and 45,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day net.

At the beginning of the year, when we set our production estimates, we account for some of this, Christiansen said. There are some unexpecteds and some of that factored in.

Ivan - at the highest level on the Saffir-Simpson scale - is on a path toward the Gulf Coast after intensifying with sustained winds at 160 mph Monday, killing at least 68 people across the Caribbean before reaching the Caymans. …

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