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UPDATE 3-U.S. offshore oil producers restarting ops post-Don

* Gulf of Mexico producers restart output shut in for Don * Tropical system developing far off in Atlantic (Adds Chevron status in paragraph 8) By Kristen Hays HOUSTON, July 31 (Reuters) – U.S. offshore oil and naturalgas producers are restarting production operations withTropical Storm Don long over, data from Gulf of Mexico energyregulators showed on Sunday. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said 6 percent,or 84,072 barrels per day, of oil output remained offline, down4.9 percentage points from Saturday. BOEM also said 3.5 percent of daily natural gas output, or186 million cubic feet of natgas, remained shut in, down 3.1percentage points from Saturday. Among those that had restarted all shut production wasAnadarko Petroleum Corp (APC.N: Quote), which had closed and fullyevacuated six Gulf platforms. “All back up and running,” Anadarko spokesman JohnChristiansen said. BOEM’s statistics were based on reports from 17 companieson Sunday, the agency said. Some producers, including Shell Oil Co (RDSa.L: Quote), had yet toreport publicly whether they had restarted shut production. Chevron Corp (CVX.N: Quote) said on Sunday it had restarted oiland gas production shut in for the storm and was re-staffingGulf operations. The company never disclosed how much outputwas shut or how many workers were evacuated. Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N: Quote) said it was returning evacuatedworkers to Gulf operations, but about 8,000 barrels per day ofoil and 50 million cubic feet per day of natural gas outputremained shut in.<^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Factbox on energy firm preparation: [ID:nN1E76Q18E] Links: Hurricane Tracker: ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^> Don was the first threat to Gulf energy infrastructure inthe 2011 hurricane season, but the storm’s path came nowhereclose to the basin’s major concentrations of oil and naturalgas platforms. A westward-moving weather system about 575 miles (925 km)east of the northern Windward Islands had a “near 100 percent”chance of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next two days, theNational Hurricane Center said on Sunday. That system will benamed Emily if it strengthens into a storm or hurricane. The Gulf’s daily output is about 1.4 million barrels of oiland 5.2 billion cubic feet of natgas, according to BOEM data. Don hit shore late on Friday 40 miles south of CorpusChristi and quickly dissipated. The three major refiners with plants in Corpus Christi –Valero Energy Corp (VLO.N: Quote), Flint Hills Resources and CitgoPetroleum Corp — reported no Don-related disruptions. Overall, the Gulf accounts for 30 percent of U.S. oilproduction and 12 percent of natural gas output, according toBOEM. The Gulf Coast also is home to 40 percent of U.S.refining capacity, and 30 percent of natural gas processingplant capacity. (Editing by Dale Hudson)

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