Thursday, 19 January 2012

Nigeria: A fire rocks Chevron's oil rig in Bayelsa State

On Monday 16th January, a fire– thought to have been caused by a gas leakage – ripped through Chevron's oil rig in Bayelsa State, leaving two workers missing.

After several days of intensified searching, Chevron released a statement extending its condolence to the families of the two missing people. The company has, however, accounted for the remainder of workers, who had been present on the rig and a nearby barge when the fire broke out. It said two workers were treated for minor injuries.

The investigation into the fire is ongoing. There is little evidence of sabotage, and the company believes it was caused by equipment failure. It has been established that the explosion occurred between 4.30am and 5am and was reported to be an accident. Some of the evacuated workers confirmed that the drilling exercise encountered technical problems while working on a new gas well head.

Speaking about the incident, Chevron's General Manager of Public and Government Affairs said: "There was no explosion. It was a fire incident at the Finuwa Field. The name of the rig is KS Endeavour. It is owned by Fode Drilling. All workers are being evacuated."

Sources: Upstream, Afrique en Ligne, Reuters

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