Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: blowout, Elgin, Eric Casse, gas leak, North Sea, relief well, TOT, Total, Total SA
I don’t think he was supposed to say that…
PARIS (Dow Jones)–Drilling relief wells near the Elgin oil rig in the North Sea to stop a natural gas leak may take more than six months, French oil major Total SA (TOT), which owns the rig, said Friday.
“The time taken to drill wells in Elgin surpassed six months so it is right to expect a similar timeframe (for the relief wells operation),” Eric Casse, Total’s Drilling & Well Operations Manager for Europe, the Americas and Central Asia said in a video posted by Total on its website.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Chevron, Chevron Nigeria Limited, Funiwa 1A, gas leak, Koluma, Nigeria, Nigerian natural gas production, Nigerian oil production, off-shore, oil production, relief well, rig fire
In familiar fashion, there is some difference of opinion about whether the well is still leaking. A relief well was drilled but didn’t do the trick.
Chevron Corp released a statement declaring that the raging fire had gone out by itself. “The site of the Funiwa 1A natural gas well offshore Nigeria ceased burning on Friday, March 2. The well stopped flowing on its own,” the statement said. “CNL (Chevron Nigeria Limited) has detected no natural gas flowing from the well since the fire ceased burning and is monitoring the area continuously.”
Nigerian communities local to the area have confirmed that the fire has indeed gone out, but claim that the gas is still leaking at a steady rate, and has killed many fish and polluted the area.
Matthew Sele, from the town of Koluma just near to the offshore rig, said that, “The fire has been put off since Friday, but the gas emission is worse. Raw gas is continuing to bubble in the air and is making it hard for people to breathe.”
(This is about five days old.)