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Sat Sep 4, 2021, 11:27 PM

'It's critically important': Port Fourchon rushes to recover after Hurricane Ida

When Hurricane Ida made landfall at Port Fourchon on Aug. 29, it ravaged the service hub for almost all of the Gulf of Mexico oilfield.

At the southern tip of Lafourche Parish, the port is a docking site for multi-million-dollar ships that supply and support almost all of the Gulf's platforms and rigs, which produce about 15% of the nation’s crude oil and 5% of its natural gas.

“The port is a major artery that feeds the heart of the Gulf of Mexico,” said Loren Scott, a Louisiana economist and LSU professor emeritus. “Louisiana is the No. 2 state in the nation in refining capacity. A lot of that is offline right now.”

More than 600 oil and gas platforms operate within a 40-mile radius of the port, with over 250 companies using it as base of operations, officials said. Helicopters fly about 15,000 people per month to offshore locations supported by the port. About 1,200 trucks travel in and out each day.


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