Fire incident: Jackup rig affected, injuries unclear
Two crew members are missing as a fire continued to burn Monday afternoon on a jack-up rig working for Chevron in Nigeria's offshore Funiwa field, the supermajor said.
Efforts to shut in the well were under way at midday on Monday, Chevron said. The company was also investigating sheens reported near the gas well.
All but two of the 154 workers on the KS Endeavor and a nearby support barge have been accounted for, Chevron said in a statement.
Initially treated on a nearby platform, they are are expected to be brought ashore by 8 pm local time, the supermajor said.
The rig was drilling an exploration well for the supermajor on Oil Mining Lease 86 as part of a joint venture with Nigeria's NNPC.
"We are still investigating the incident and are working to fully understand what happened,” Chevron spokesman Scott Walker said.
“Our primary focus continues to be the safety and security of our workforce, including employees and contractors."
Production at the nearby North Apoi platform was shut in because of its proximity to the fire, Walker added.
The jack-up was contracted by Fode Drilling, Chevron said.
A profile of the KS Endeavor on the website of Atlantic Oilfield Services shows the rig had been under contract to Chevron in Nigeria from January 2011 to January 2013.
The rig, which has a crew capacity of 130, was delivered in 2010.
It can drill to depths of 30,000 feet in up to 300 feet of water.
Source: Upstream Newspaper
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