Debris From Walters Well Cleared, Visual Inspection Underway

Unified Command is in the process of visually inspecting the Walter Oil & Gas’ natural gas Well A-3 at South Timbalier Block 220, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said in a press release on Thursday. The Unified Command is made up of personnel from BSEE, the U.S. Coast Guard and Walter.

The well suffered a blowout on July 23, and leaking gas later led to a fire which spread to Hercules Offshore jackup Hercules 265 (250’ MC). All 44 rig workers were safely evacuated following the initial blowout, Hercules told Rigzone.

The visual inspection of the well, which is off the coast of Louisiana, was made possible after the derrick barge “Performance” removed debris from the wellhead, allowing crews vertical access to the well, BSEE said. Once the debris was cleared, BSEE approved a plan to lower the camera and logging tools into the wellbore for the visual inspection.

Fixed wireless natural gas detectors have been installed approximately 30 feet from top of the well, but no gas leaks from the well have been detected.

Drillers contracted by Walter are continuing to drill a relief well using the jackup Rowan EXL III (350’ ILC).The relief well will take about 35 days from the time drilling started if no weather events or unexpected difficulties occur, a spokesperson for BSEE told Rigzone.


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