World Oilfield Forum
The KS Endeavor drilling platform has caught fire while drilling for Chevron off the coast of Nigeria, leaving at least 2 unaccounted for at this time.
The explosion occured between 4:30-5:00am Monday morning local time.Those missing include 1 Nigerian and an expatriate. An estimated 213 workers present at the facility during the explosion were reportedly evacuated from the scene. "We immediately flew out people to the nearby North Apoi platform, and have been helping those needing any medical assistance," Chevron spokesman Scott Walker said.
Chevron has not stated what caused the fire but a spokesman for the state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation believes a "gas kick" was responsible. The KS Endeavor was drilling in the Pennington Field in Bayelsa state waters.
Other conflicting reports from locals claimed that the explosion was due gas leakage from the drilling platform while others reported that the explosion occurred from a new gas well head at Funawa 5 along the Koluama river.Still other report claims that the explosion occurred following a fire from an oil barge under repair.
According to local sources, “Up till now the fire is still burning. The entire rig has been burnt down. They tried to stop it but it went out of control."
The K.S. Endeavor platform is leased to Chevron from owner FODE Drilling Company and is capable of drilling up to 30,000' in up to 300' of water.
Here is more technical information on the KS Endeavor Platform.
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UPDATE: We have just received the following information in email
Another disaster in the industry that happened today with a local jack up rig.The rig belongs to FODE and was built in 2010. Rig was drilling for Chevron.Incident happened at a depth of 11,000 ft last night, 3 missing. Accurate location of the RIG is: 04° 20 N/ 005° 45 E Fire on the RIG KS ENDEAVOUR - CHEVRON Escravos The RIG has disappeared
We have some basic but unconfirmed information arriving in email.
The reports are that 2 people are missing. 1 a French Toolpusher and 1 Indian driller.
The background on this disaster is that the KS Endeavor took a kick around 3 days earlier with 13.5 mud but for whatever reason they did not weight up & kill the well. (possibly for fear of breaking down the formation)
After 3 days gas migrated up outside the casing and ignited. Apparently they spent quite a bit of time monitoring well pressures over this period.
Chevron has discontinued the search for the 2 missing workers and they are now presumed dead. Work has begun to drill a relief well to kill this well and will take some time. Below are satellite images taken today over the rig fire location. Oil on the surface is now clearly leaking from the well.
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