ENSCO jack-up damagedNews // March 9, 2001
ENSCO 51 was on location in Eugene Island Block 273 drilling a development well over a platform (the "A" platform) for its customer, Forest, the operator of the block. Eugene Island Block 273 is located approximately 75 miles offshore.
Shortly after midnight on 01 March, approximately fifteen hours after running and cementing a third casing string at approximately 1650ft, an annular flow was detected. The volume of the gas discharge continued to increase. All personnel were safely evacuated from the rig.
Offshore supply vessels equipped with water cannons were dispatched and began to deluge the platform. The following morning, at approximately 3.30am, the wellignited and the resulting fire caused extensive damage to the rig's substructure, drill floor and derrick. Plans are being finalised to mobiliseENSCO 55 to drill a relief well.