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.


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