Chevron Completes Drilling of Relief Well Offshore Nigeria

Chevron Completes Drilling of Relief Well Offshore Nigeria

Chevron has sealed and abandoned the shallow water Funiwa 1A natural gas well after completing the drilling of a relief well. The relief well was drilled by the Transocean Baltic rig.

Production at the North Apoi field, which had been shut in as a precaution, has also been restored and the field is now producing approximately 2,000 barrels of oil per day.

Background

On January 16, Chevron reported the fire outbreak aboard the K.S. Endeavor, a drilling rig offshore Nigeria operated by FODE Drilling Nigeria Limited. The rig was drilling a natural gas exploration well, located in the Funiwa Field approximately six miles (10 kilometers) offshore and in approximately 40 feet (12 meters) of water . Seven days later, on January 23 , the company said that “no rig structure can be seen above the water”.

There were 154 personnel on the rig and a support barge, and 152 were safely evacuated. Two workers died in the incident.

On March 2, the fire at the well was extinguished when a portion of the well sealed itself.

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Offshore Energy Today Staff, June 19, 2012

 

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