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Thread: Gustav: and you think *you* have problems!

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    Gustav: and you think *you* have problems!

    Hey, folks,

    Just in case you don't know, one of our number is right in the crosshairs of the latest swirling storm. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe Cody is scheduled to be out on his oil rig right about now. Here's the latest picture I could find:



    I think Cody's rig is about 100 miles south of the Texas/Louisiana line, which would mean its in for some pretty spectacular weather. Cody, here's hoping you decide discretion is the better part of valor, head inland, and get some unexpected woodturning time!

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    I thought about this while watching the news this morning...he did say he was heading that way a few days ago...hope your safe Cody!
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    I heard on the news that they oil rigs had all already been evacuated.

    Stay safe anyone in the path!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    I heard on the news that they oil rigs had all already been evacuated.

    Stay safe anyone in the path!
    Right. Rigs evacuated yesterday.

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    I'm from New Orleans (NO) and have lots of relatives there. I'm happy to see the projected track is gradually moving to the west. A few days ago it was projected directly at NO.

    But if it hits just a bit to the west, it's not so good because the hurricane rotation is counter-clockwise and that will push water into Lake Pontchartain and worsen the flood possibility.

    It needs to move more to the west. They sure don't need another flood.

    My relatives are already planning on getting out of town.

    Mike
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    From the local news here... all the rigs are empty that are in the "cone"

    My family and I are hunkered in and waiting. Got generator, gas, food and water. Should be a rough time but we should do fine if we dont get a tornado. HE are high enough to avoid flooding from surge, rain is an issue BUT living at least 1 foot above the 500 year flood levels makes me feel better.

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    I got a friend that lives in Baton Rouge he's a turner, Rob I think your also from LA keep your head down & keep in contact with us so we know you guys are all right,

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    Hey Rob. Good to see you drop in. Hang tough and stay safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Hey Rob. Good to see you drop in. Hang tough and stay safe.
    Thanks Vaughn...

    Read almost daily just dont post often or at all.

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    Hey y'all, Greetings from the Gulf of Mexico!

    Yep, I'm still out here but we are all safe and sound. While all of the production platforms, bottom founded rigs and moored rigs were evacuated, most of the deepwater rigs like the one I'm on have to be continually manned. Some are shipshape designs while the one I'm supervising is a semi-submersible design. The commonality is that they ae DP vessels...dynamically positioned by means of azimuthing thrusters as opposed to being moored or resting on the sea floor. The water at our current drilling site is 6,830 feet deep so DP is the only method that makes practical and economic sense.

    I got here wednesday and the crews were in the process of securing the well by pumping in place a couple of cement plugs as a secondary barrier to the environment. After pulling our drill pipe, we then closed the Blow-Out-Preventer (primary barrier) and disconnected the marine riser which is our conduit to the sea floor. By friday evening, we had the 20" I.D. riser recovered and got underway to run from the storm. We had already evacuated all of our non-essential personnel.

    We are still cruising at around 4.0 kts in a Southwesterly direction...some 130 miles from our drill site which is just on the western edge of the projected Hurricane path. We will likely begin the transit back to our drill location tomorrow and hopefully start manning up to re-connect to the wellhead and resume operations.

    For those of you familiar with coastal Louisiana, our marine shorebase is located at Port Fourchon, which looks like ground zero right now for eye landfall. If it gets severely damaged we will set up temporary marine operations in Galveston which is where all of our supply boats are now.

    Our aviation base is in Houma and if it gets flooded/damaged, we will probably fly out of Lafayette as an alternate site. In any event, this storm has seriously disrupted our operations and has the potential for even more lasting headaches.

    That's the story. Thanks to everyone for your concern.
    Cody


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