Workers return to rigs following Hurricane Michael

Workers have returned to oil platforms which were evacuated ahead of the storm
The Kobe Chouest platform supply vessel sits anchored next to the Chevron Corp. Jack/St. Malo deepwater oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico in the aerial photograph taken off the coast of Louisiana, U.S., on Friday, May 18, 2018. While U.S. shale production has been dominating markets, a quiet revolution has been taking place offshore. The combination of new technology and smarter design will end much of the overspending that's made large troves of subsea oil barely profitable to produce, industry executives say. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Workers are returning to Gulf of Mexico oil rigs following Hurricane Michael.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement  (BSEE) said staff have returned to all 687 manned platforms.

Meanwhile drilling rigs which were moved away amid the storm have returned to position.

BSEE estimates 7.7% of oil production from the Gulf of Mexico remains shut-in following the storm and 3.5% of gas.

Since the storm has passed operators are now checking their facilities.

So far, three platforms have reported minor damage as a result of the hurricane.

Hurricane Michael is the first Category 4 storm in recorded history to make landfall in the northeast Gulf Coast.

At least 29 people across four southern US states have been killed.

Oil operator Chevron has announced it will pledge $500,000 to the relief effort.

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