BHP suspends US oil and gas production amid Hurricane Harvey

BHP suspended production at its Eagle Ford shale operation in South Texas as Hurricane Harvey struck near the area on Saturday.

The hurricane made landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas and is expected to produce torrential rain and flooding over the next few days.

Oil and gas companies on the Texas Gulf Coast were affected by the hurricane, with some offshore operators evacuating platforms and rigs while onshore operators shut in what could amount to hundreds of wells in Eagle Ford.

BHP shut in production and infrastructure at its Eagle Ford operations on Friday as the hurricane approached.

The company produced nearly 99,000 barrels per day (b/d) of oil equivalent from Eagle Ford in the quarter ending June 30, 2017. This included around 71,000 b/d of liquids and around 166,000 million cubic feet per day (Mcf/d) of natural gas.

Refiners shut nearly 900,000 b/d of capacity, primarily in the Corpus Christi area, while area ports and terminals were closed to vessel traffic.

ConocoPhillips suspended production from Eagle Ford where it was producing 161,000 boe/d at the end of 2016. It shut down six rigs.

Shell shut in production at its Enchilada Salsa operation in the US Gulf of Mexico while ExxonMobile curtailed oil and natural gas production from the Galveston 209 platform.

Hurricane Harvey has since weakened to a tropical storm.