Relief Well at South Timbalier 220 Could Become Production Well

The Rowan XL III is busy at work today drilling the relief well at South Timbalier 220 and we are hearing through our network that the relief well being drilled may actually end up being used as a production well. We reached out to Walter Oil and Gas this morning, but have not received comment yet. The following image shows the aftermath of the fire that destroyed the … [Read more...]

Relief Well Drilling to Commence at Site of Hercules Rig Fire

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) announced this afternoon that the drilling operation to permanently seal the well that blew out at South Timbalier 220 and forced the evacuation of the Hercules 265 jack-up rig will commence on Thursday. "Work is moving forward on all approaches," notes BSEE in their latest release. "Gas detectors and high-capacity … [Read more...]

Hercules Rig Fire Incident: BSEE Fails Test

A well blew out, a rig is abandoned, and a fire raged uncontrollably in the Gulf of Mexico for an entire day this week. For many, it was a stark reminder of the dangers involved in offshore drilling and in particular, the Deepwater Horizon disaster, an epic tragedy that unfolded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Since then, the oil and gas industry has encountered enormous … [Read more...]

Hercules Jack-Up Rig Fire is Out, Rowan Jack-Up Contracted for Relief Well

Update 5 (29 July 2013) On 27 July, BSEE approved a permit application by Walter Oil and Gas to drill the relief well which will permanently kill the well that blew out last week, destroying a fixed gas platform and seriously damaging the Hercules 265 drilling rig. Rowan Drilling's EXL-3 jack-up rig has been contracted by Walter and is on location at South Timbalier 220. Crews … [Read more...]