Most Workers Accounted for After Offshore Nigeria Jackup Fire

One hundred fifty-two of the 154 personnel aboard the jackup KS Endeavor (300' ILC) have been rescued after a fire broke out on board early Monday, Chevron said in a statement.

The fire is still burning on the KS Endeavour jackup rig, which was working at the Funiwa Field within oil Mining Lease 86 offshore Nigeria when the fire broke out. Early well control activation of the gas well is ongoing.

"Our priority now is the safety of our employees and contractors," the company said in a statement. "We expect all of those rescued to be onshore and checked medically by 8 p.m."

Production from the nearby North Apoi platform was shut in due to its proximity. No oil spill occurred, as the rig was drilling an exploration well at the time of the fire, and is not connected to any oil production. Well control plans also are in place.

The rig, which was working near the North Apoi platform, is believed to have experienced a gas kick according to reports from a spokesman for the state-run oil company, Nigerian National Petroleum Corp.

The KS Endeavor is an F&G Super M2-designed jackup capable of working water depths of up to 300 feet. The rig was built at the MIS Shipyard in the UAE and entered service in 2010.

Chevron has the rig under contract until 1Q14. The rig is contracted from the Fode Drilling Company.

Karen Boman has more than 10 years of experience covering the upstream oil and gas sector. Email Karen at


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Ennab | Jan. 25, 2012
I think this disaster and similar results due to improper well trained hands, especially in well control. People come to well control schools and centers not to understand how to safe their wells & their lives but they com to pick up certificates only regardless of understanding what is the importance of what they study. In addition if you give any one certificate from first day he will thanks you.. Kind regards to Rigzone

Mytimes | Jan. 21, 2012
One hundred fifty-two of the 154 personnel were rescued? where about the remaining 2? why are not counted for, does it mean that 2 lost their lives?

Balowatt | Jan. 21, 2012
Well the deed has been done. We pray it will never occur again. If only proper training will be given to crew before going on board.

Dek | Jan. 20, 2012
This looks like human error again. drills for taking kicks need to be practiced more regularly. Practice makes perfect. Experienced people is the only way to go. Get these book engineers out into the field and serve there time in the real world.

Capt. Oyedeji Olubisi Emmanuel | Jan. 20, 2012
The SHE need to do proper investigation to prevent future occurrence, Many files would have been consumed like U see U act. The capt of the Rig must write a comprehensive report about about the incident,and all the crew should also be subjected to submit their own report for collation. this will surely bring out the fact about the cause of the fire..

Al Stein | Jan. 20, 2012
Is this another example of "cutting corners" or an example of "un-qualified management personnel... Texas, Alberta and Europe should wake-up... maybe the 3rd world countries, the AUE, the Bps and the Chinese are not going to teach us a darn thing, nothing...absolutely nothing... but "How" to screw-it all up more industry advancements have come out of Texas compared to the 3rd world mentioned for the next 100 years all three have one thing in common...their all blind, morally, physically and mentally... thinking about kissing my +20yrs oil patch experience "good-by" to consider either a strong career in drugs or military... nice thought at least on the right side some human dignity could have meaning Al

Deepwater805 | Jan. 19, 2012
Folks, its as simple as this: they were drilling, and either the back ground gas, or connection gas got away from them and begs the following questions: Why? Inadequate hydrostatic. Why? Mud weight not sufficient. Why? Good question. Was the mud weight schedule accurate? Who was checking the mud? Was the de-gasser on, and or working properly. -

muh mansyah | Jan. 17, 2012
- I hope all crews good during evacuated, no injury and no Well control case, please give the lesson learn in the next future. Regards, Muh.Mansyah.S

Felix Atotajovwo | Jan. 17, 2012
This could have resulted in another piper alpha. The evacuation which is another principle of mustering, records the absence of two personnel. What failed in the evacuation policy / procedure. Is there any contingency emergency evacuation plan in place. What control failed, how effective was that control. What are the issues from the investigation report. You know you cannot allow the staff to go back to site if it is deemed fit / safe. Guys, it is a serious case. Gas kick. What could that mean. Where were the geological survey works, couldn't they have picked this far ahead of this incident. There should be a mgt review on this going by the number of staff on-board.

James Ezeifedi | Jan. 17, 2012
The cause of the explosion is what should be tackle,was there any alarm of gas leakages while drilling,was there any proper tool box meeting on the consequence to what job they were about to carryout.when all these are checked I don't think incidence will occur since I will believe that the right expertise were really employed for that kind of job.thanks

Donnie | Jan. 16, 2012
This is just what the industry has asked for. BS degrees & no common sense. We can not cont to lose the lives of our own because office personnel likes the way a worker with a BS degree writes his report with all the dots & crosses in the correct place. This does not drill wells safely people. Talk about safety well start hiring people who can get the job done safely. This business has places for all types of educational levels. BS degrees has no place on the rig floor. His family spent to much sending him to collage for him to be drilling on an offshore rig anyway. Fast track him under only a very experienced supv & send him to the office where he wants to be anyway. Oil companies need to understand that in the information age we still need to get the work done safely. Proper grammar & spelling don't drill wells. Common sense & a lot of experience does. If the oil companies don't stop looking for all the incorrect spelling & grammar mistakes & start looking at personnel behavior we will most likely continue to see these type of incidents (Not Accidents) in the news papers & on our TVs.

vention | Jan. 16, 2012
no spill、no blowout,how a fire broke out PLZ? just hope no more people hurt!

emmanuel | Jan. 16, 2012
Bad News for Nigeria Upstream Oil sector. Arguably one of the after effects of the 7 days strike in Nigeria. Mr. President, you can see what you have caused Nigerians and investors as well., | Jan. 16, 2012
FYI Is Fode Drilling Company a related company? Any idea of the Well Control Company called out for this? kindly john grosso

cj | Jan. 16, 2012
thank you.

Kande Obasanjo | Jan. 16, 2012
The rig is destroyed, piper alpha part 2 plus 2 people missing cannot believe nothing in news about this. Big spill too

Johnny Brandie | Jan. 16, 2012
Correction: "The KS Endeavor WAS an F&G Super M2-designed jackup capable of working water depths of up to 300 feet" ... Ive now seen the first pictures and the blowout is massive! Im afraid that this rig now no longer exists. :-(

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