Gulf of Mexico oil producers are evacuating offshore facilities today ahead of the anticipated arrival of tropical storm Sally, which is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane.

Chevron (NYSE:CVX) says it has started evacuating all staff from its Blind Faith and Petronius platforms and initiated shut-in procedures, while production at its other offshore platforms was unaffected.

Murphy Oil (NYSE:MUR) says it is preparing to evacuate non-essential personnel from its most easterly facilities and monitoring the storm for any effect on other properties.

Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B), BHP, BP and Hess (NYSE:HES) say they are monitoring the storm and would take action if needed.

At least 1.3M bbl/day of oil production was shut last month as Hurricane Laura ripped through the Gulf of Mexico and the southwest Louisiana coast.


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