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BP Gulf of Mexico rigs secured, non-essential personnel evacuated on storm threat

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BP Gulf of Mexico rigs are being secured as a precaution against a possible cyclone. National Hurricane Center image.

BP Gulf of Mexico rigs prepare for possible cyclone

HOUSTON, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Oil giant BP said on Friday it has started securing facilities and evacuating non-essential personnel from its drilling rigs and platforms in U.S. Gulf of Mexico as a precaution against a storm threat.

All other major producers in the area said they were still monitoring the weather and had not evacuated anybody.

The National Hurricane Center said a disturbance near Cuba has a 20 percent chance of developing into a cyclone in the next 48 hours.

(Reporting By Terry Wade and Liz Hampton)


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