• 8 hours Oil Pares Gains After API Reports Surprise Crude Inventory Build
  • 9 hours Elon Musk Won’t Get Paid Unless Tesla Does “Extraordinarily Well”
  • 9 hours U.S. Regulators Keep Keystone Capacity Capped At 80 Percent
  • 10 hours Trump Signs Off On 30 Percent Tariff On Imported Solar Equipment
  • 12 hours Russian Funds May Invest In Aramco’s IPO To Boost Oil Ties
  • 13 hours IMF Raises Saudi Arabia Growth Outlook On Higher Oil Prices
  • 14 hours China Is World’s Number-2 In LNG Imports
  • 1 day EIA Weekly Inventory Data Due Wednesday, Despite Govt. Shutdown
  • 1 day Oklahoma Rig Explodes, Leaving Five Missing
  • 1 day Lloyd’s Sees No Room For Coal In New Investment Strategy
  • 1 day Gunmen Kidnap Nigerian Oil Workers In Oil-Rich Delta Area
  • 2 days Libya’s NOC Restarts Oil Fields
  • 2 days US Orion To Develop Gas Field In Iraq
  • 4 days U.S. On Track To Unseat Saudi Arabia As No.2 Oil Producer In the World
  • 4 days Senior Interior Dept. Official Says Florida Still On Trump’s Draft Drilling Plan
  • 4 days Schlumberger Optimistic In 2018 For Oilfield Services Businesses
  • 4 days Only 1/3 Of Oil Patch Jobs To Return To Canada After Downturn Ends
  • 4 days Statoil, YPF Finalize Joint Vaca Muerta Development Deal
  • 5 days TransCanada Boasts Long-Term Commitments For Keystone XL
  • 5 days Nigeria Files Suit Against JP Morgan Over Oil Field Sale
  • 5 days Chinese Oil Ships Found Violating UN Sanctions On North Korea
  • 5 days Oil Slick From Iranian Tanker Explosion Is Now The Size Of Paris
  • 5 days Nigeria Approves Petroleum Industry Bill After 17 Long Years
  • 5 days Venezuelan Output Drops To 28-Year Low In 2017
  • 5 days OPEC Revises Up Non-OPEC Production Estimates For 2018
  • 6 days Iraq Ready To Sign Deal With BP For Kirkuk Fields
  • 6 days Kinder Morgan Delays Trans Mountain Launch Again
  • 6 days Shell Inks Another Solar Deal
  • 6 days API Reports Seventh Large Crude Draw In Seven Weeks
  • 6 days Maduro’s Advisors Recommend Selling Petro At Steep 60% Discount
  • 6 days EIA: Shale Oil Output To Rise By 1.8 Million Bpd Through Q1 2019
  • 6 days IEA: Don’t Expect Much Oil From Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Before 2030
  • 6 days Minister Says Norway Must Prepare For Arctic Oil Race With Russia
  • 6 days Eight Years Late—UK Hinkley Point C To Be In Service By 2025
  • 7 days Sunk Iranian Oil Tanker Leave Behind Two Slicks
  • 7 days Saudi Arabia Shuns UBS, BofA As Aramco IPO Coordinators
  • 7 days WCS-WTI Spread Narrows As Exports-By-Rail Pick Up
  • 7 days Norway Grants Record 75 New Offshore Exploration Leases
  • 7 days China’s Growing Appetite For Renewables
  • 7 days Chevron To Resume Drilling In Kurdistan
Alt Text

BP To Take Final Hit On 2010 Disaster

British Petroleum is set to…

Rig Fire Exposes Lingering Dangers of Offshore Drilling

Rig Fire Exposes Lingering Dangers of Offshore Drilling

A U.S. energy safety bureau said part of a drilling platform off the coast of Louisiana has partially collapsed after catching fire late Tuesday.  No injuries were reported when a natural gas cloud ignited at the Hercules Offshore drilling rig. At least three firefighting vessels were on scene responding to the incident in a scene reminiscent of the 2010 oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Though no sheen was reported during initial surveys, federal officials said it was time the industry takes offshore safety seriously.
 
The Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement was able to confirm an explosion occurred on board the rig located about 55 miles off the coast of Louisiana. Operator Walter Oil and Gas Corp. said it lost control of the well Tuesday morning while it was making preparations for production. Hercules owns the rig and both companies said they were in close contact with the Coast Guard and the BSEE as they worked on a response.

The well is in shallow waters. By Wednesday afternoon, the BSEE said part of the rig had collapsed and the fire was still burning.

"There is no observed sheen on the water surface," the agency said.  "As the rig fire continues, the beams supporting the derrick and rig floor have folded and have collapsed over the rig structure."

Oilprice.com Premium: Get the same inside information as the CEOs of Exxon, Chevron and BP - as fast as they get it, often before they get it

The BSEE said Walter Oil & Gas was working under its direction to possibly drill a relief well to control the incident. That would involve a new avenue to get cement in to plug the well.

The Interior Department this week said it handed out 307 leases for energy work on 38.6 million acres offshore Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama during a March auction. The government said it rejected some of the bids because they were "insufficient to provide the public with fair market value for the tracts." Last week, Apache Corp. said it had a "good run" in the Gulf of Mexico and subsequently unloaded 1.9 million net acres that it said matured to the point that they were too difficult to exploit.

Wednesday's incident in the Gulf of Mexico was the second for July. In November, a rig worker was killed when personnel onboard a Black Elk Energy rig sparked a blaze off the coast of Louisiana. Black Elk operated around 100 production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico and was cited for 156 violations last year, had 99 violations in 2011 and 60 in 2010, the same year 11 rig workers died in the Deepwater Horizon tragedy.

Oilprice.com Premium: Find out first about the latest technology and technology investments being made by energy industry insiders

Energy companies working in the Gulf of Mexico say safety is their No. 1 priority. BSEE directors and both companies involved in the incident haven't yet said what sparked the fire Tuesday evening. BSEE Gulf of Mexico Regional Director Lars Herbst said it was his agency that was focused on bringing the incident to a safe resolution.

"Offshore oil and gas operators need to re-affirm their aggressive approach to the safety of well operations in light of this event and other recent well control events," he said.

By. Daniel J. Graeber of Oilprice.com




Back to homepage


Leave a comment
  • mark chambers on July 25 2013 said:
    The reason smart company's are pulling out of the gulf stems from the military's desire to recover oil cheaply. They set off nuclear bombs on ther sea bed in hopes of making it easier to recover deep oil deposits. But they shattered sea floor and now unknown extremely high pressure zones are encountered with suprise and augh. And now we are officially a country without true leadership, a country which must take great risk to keep it's independence.

Leave a comment




Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News