Chevron to ‘drill Nigeria relief well’

Chevron is mobilising equipment to drill a relief well at a still-burning rig off Nigeria after efforts to shut in the well failed, the company said recently

An “extensive” search for two missing contractors is continuing as the flaming KS Endeavour jack-up rig has “partially collapsed”, the company said. Chevron has no estimate for how long the rig would continue to burn or how long it would take to drill the relief well with the Transocean jack-up GSF Baltic.

“Initial indications point to the possible failure of surface equipment during drilling operations that led to a loss of well control,” Chevron said in a statement. "Chevron is deploying additional drilling experts and well control specialists to Nigeria to assist with well control efforts and the relief drilling process."

The Funiwa field well is about six miles offshore and was drilling in about 40 ft of water, Chevron said. The company has a 40 per cent stake in the project while the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has the remainder.

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