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...]

Nigeria Seeks $3 Billion Fine For Chevron Jack-Up Fire

Nigeria's oil spill agency said it wants Chevron Corp., the world's fourth-largest energy company, to pay a $3 billion penalty for a rig explosion that caused a 46-day fire. “Having looked at the relevant literature and what happens in other countries, we recommended a fine of $3 billion for Chevron,” National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency's … [Read more...]

Chevron Ignored Rig Workers Evacuation Requests Prior to Deadly KS Endeavor Blast [REPORT]

Chevron failed to address concerns of unsafe drilling conditions and requests for evacuation from rig workers on board the KS Endeavor in the days leading up to the jack-up's explosion offshore Nigeria that resulted two deaths, according to report from Reuters. The KS Endeavor, a jack-rig operated by Chevron Nigeria, exploded on January 16 resulting in the death of 2 of the … [Read more...]

The Fire is Out Off Nigeria, Blown-Out Gas Well Stops Flowing

The drilling engineers and geoscientists at Chevron Nigeria (CNL) knew that there was a good chance the unimpeded flow from the blown-out Funiwa 1A natural gas well may actually lead to its eventual demise, and today that possibility came true.  The well stopped flowing. "CNL has detected no natural gas flowing from the well since the fire ceased burning and is monitoring … [Read more...]

Transocean’s Baltic Rig Spuds Relief Well Offshore Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria, February 17, 2012 – Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) has begun the process of drilling a relief well to seal the Funiwa 1A natural gas well. The relief well is being drilled to extinguish a fire that began Jan. 16 at the original well, approximately six miles (10 km) off the coast of Nigeria. No oil was spilled or has flowed from this natural gas well. CNL … [Read more...]