|Monday, September 13, 1999
On Sunday, Newfield announced that at approximately 5:30 a.m., September 12, the A-2 gas well blowout ignited at the Ship Shoal Block 354 production platform. The platform is located approximately 140 miles south of New Orleans, LA in 463 feet of water. The initial blowout occurred at approximately 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, September 9, during a workover operation on the well. The A-2 well blowout continued to burn and well capping operations are underway. Newfield is coordinating a well capping program with Boots and Coots. A parallel effort of planning a relief well to terminate the gas flow downhole in the A-2 well has also been initiated. At present, a light, silvery sheen extends from the platform and poses no threat to the U.S. shoreline. The Company and the Coast Guard Marine Safety Office (MSO) Morgan City believe the sheen is non-dispersible and non-recoverable. The condensate causing the sheen has an API gravity of 46 degrees and is expected to evaporate with no significant pollution or environmental impact. However, the Company has two skimming boats and booms on location should they be needed. MSO Morgan City personnel are conducting periodic fly-overs to monitor the situation. At the time of the incident, the Ship Shoal 354 platform was producing about 6 million cubic feet per day of gas and 1,400 BCPD (gross).