Of the 33 oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico that have been slapped with a six-month moratorium, at least two are already on track to move abroad, an official in Port Fourchon, Louisiana, told CNN.
The contracts for these rigs are now void and that leaves the door open for these worldwide oil companies to take their drilling – and the jobs these rigs fuel directly and indirectly – elsewhere, said Chett Chiasson, executive director of the Greater Lafourche Port Commission.
Port Fourchon is a main service base for the gulf’s oil industry, and the suspension of the rigs – all served by businesses operating from the port – will be “devastating,” the commission executive said.
Chiasson could not say which company or companies had already made plans to leave. Most likely they will head to waters outside Brazil or Nigeria, but he said information he’s been getting from the industry shows two have formed departure plans and several others are weighing options.
“Oil companies are in business to make money,” Chiasson said. “They’re going to shop these rigs around.”