ExxonMobil Declares Force Majeure After Fire at Oso Field

ExxonMobil subsidiary, Mobil Producing Nigeria and the Nigierain National Petroleum Corp. said they have closed the Oso Field production platform due to a fire that occurred last week. Force Majeure has been declared on output from this field. A statement issued by, Udom Inoyo, the MPN's General Manager, External Affairs, said the facility was 'shut in' and production discontinued in order to allow full investigation and restoration of the facility. A company statement said that approximately 95 thousand barrels per day of condensate and 45 thousand barrels per day of natural gas liquids will be shut in to allow full investigation and restoration of the facility. According to Mobil, the fire was restricted to the RG compressor platform and was brought under control within three hours of being reported. There were no injuries to any personnel and no hydrocarbon liquids were released into the water.

Mobil has begun an investigation and has formed a damage assessment team to further investigate the incident. The Oso facility is located approximately 25 nautical miles offshore Qua Iboe Terminal in the Southeastern part of the country.