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Hurricane curtails U.S. Gulf Coast oil output

Reuters

An aerial view of a refinery along the Mississippi River in New Orleans on Sept. 11, 2005.

Reuters HOUSTON (Reuters) — Hurricane Nate had curtailed 92 percent of U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil output and up to 3 percent of refining capacity on Saturday as it sped toward energy facilities in the central U.S. Gulf Coast that largely were spared by Hurricane Harvey’s wrath nearly six weeks ago.

The fast-moving storm has forced evacuations at more than 300 U.S. Gulf of Mexico offshore platforms, far more than the number affected by Harvey, which packed more of a punch when it hit the Texas coast.

The storm was about 80 kilometers south of the mouth of the Mississippi River on Saturday afternoon, according to the NHC.

Its track has taken it closer to offshore production than Harvey, whose impact was greatest on refining centers. On Saturday, some 1.6 million barrels per day of oil and 2.48 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas output were halted by the storm, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement reported.Speech

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