Chevron confirms fire on rig offshore NigeriaNews // January 17, 2012
Chevron Corporation reports that its subsidiary Chevron Nigeria Limited is working to contain a fire that ignited early on January 16th aboard K S Endeavor, a drilling rig offshore Nigeria operated by FODE Drilling Nigeria Limited.
The rig was drilling a natural gas exploration well, located in the Funiwa Field approximately six miles (10km) offshore and in approximately 40ft (12m) of water. 154 personnel were on the rig and an associated barge. Two contractors are still unaccounted for while all others are safe and undergoing medical examinations at an adjacent production platform. Search and rescue activities continue for the two missing personnel.
"Every effort is being made to find the missing workers. They are our utmost priority," said Andrew Fawthrop, managing director, Chevron's Nigeria/Mid-Africa Strategic Business Unit.
"We do not know what caused the incident. We are working diligently to contain the fire, which is restricted to the rig. Substantial resources have been deployed including well control specialists and drilling experts. We continue to work in full cooperation with Nigerian authorities and are committed to providing additional information as it becomes known."
Production from Chevron's North Apoi platform was shut in due to its proximity to the incident.