The Amazon Pink Dolphin’s Voice: Six months later…Chevron seals Funiwa well disaster.

Chevron seals Funiwa well

KS Endeavor Drilling rigTroubled offshore natural gas well Funiwa 1A has been sealed and abandoned following the completion of a relief well, Chevron Nigeria announced on 18 June 2012.

With the shallow water prospect sealed, Chevron restored production at its long-shuttered North Apoi field, which the company said is now producing 2,000 bopd.

Problems began at Funiwa 1A following the explosion of theKS Endeavor drilling rig, operated by FODE Drilling Nigeria, on 16 January 2012. The resulting blaze killed two workers and led to the evacuation of 152 workers from the rig and an associated barge, Hercules Offshore’s liftboatMako, which was deemed a total loss. Chevron said the cause of the incident is still under investigation.

Transocean’s Baltic rig began drilling a Funiwa relief well on 17 February 2012. The blaze at Funiwa 1 burned for months after the explosion, eventually fizzling out on 2 March 2012.

At the time of the explosion Funiwa 1A had been drilled to a depth of 12,945 ft in water depths of 40 ft. The well was located six miles off the coast of Nigeria in oil mining lease 86.

Chevron operates the lease with 40% interest on behalf of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corp., which holds 60%.

Source: Oil Online

SELVA Vida Sin Fronteras acknowledges Kevin Schafer’s important contribution towards protecting the highly endangered Amazon pink fresh water dolphin. Title photographs of our “The Amazon Pink Dolphin’s Voice” were taken by Mr. Schafer. 

Editorial: SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras


~ by FSVSF Admin on 21 June, 2012.

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