Chevron Nigeria reports they have suspended their search for the 2 missing rig workers from the jack up rig that blew out and caught fire on 16 January. It has since partially melted into the sea and Transocean has been contracted to drill a relief well to stem the flow of hydrocarbons.
“After three days of intensive search and rescue activities for our missing colleagues, I am saddened to report that our efforts have proven unsuccessful and, therefore, we have made the difficult decision to transition to a recovery operation. On behalf of Chevron, we extend our sincere condolences to the families of the missing individuals,” said Andrew Fawthrop, managing director, Chevron’s Nigeria/Mid-Africa Strategic Business Unit.
CNL reports that it is continuing its plans and preparations to drill a relief well, and its investigation into the cause of the incident.
CNL confirms that 152 workers on the shallow water rig and associated barge were safely evacuated from the incident, which occurred about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from shore. Two workers who received medical care for burns have been released from the hospital.
For more details on this incident, please read our technical report HERE.