Oil Rig Explosion Off Nigerian Coast
Chevron's K.S. Endeavor Catches Fire During Oil Exploration in Lagos Area
The offshore oil rig K.S. Endeavor, run on behalf of Chevron Nigeria Ltd.
by drilling contractor FODE Drilling Co., caught fire on early in the
morning on Monday, January 16th 2012 while operating in the Funiwa field off the coast of Nigeria. The
jack-up rig was being used to seek out potential deepwater oil and gas
fields in the Lagos area. It was not connected to any oil production at
the time of the fire, according to a Chevron spokesperson.
Chevron was forced to shut down operations at its North Apoi platform due
to its proximity to the fire on the K.S. Endeavor. At this time, it appears
that the fire did not cause any oil spill, but Chevron is taking precautions
to avoid further issues.
Search and rescue operations were initiated as soon as the fire was reported,
and 152 workers were found and evacuated. Two workers remain unaccounted
for, with no news of their whereabouts at this time. The cause of the
fire is still under investigation, though a spokesperson for the Nigerian
National Petroleum Corporation stated that a buildup of gas pressure from
drilling may have been the cause of the fire. Currently, neither Chevron
nor FODE have presented information as to the potential cause of the fire.
Producing approximately 2.4 million barrels of crude oil every day, Nigeria
is the fifth-largest crude oil exporter to the United States. Chevron
has exploration rights to approximately 2.2 million acres across Nigeria's
delta and offshore. In 2010, the company produced an average of just over
.5 million barrels of crude oil a day, making it the third-largest producer
When a fire or
explosion occurs on an offshore oil rig, the risk of injury is considerable. All
workers on the rig may be affected, particularly due to the risk of sinking
or the fire spreading to consume the entire platform. This incident off
the Nigerian coast is an example; though we can only guess as to the workers'
conditions, things are not looking good at this point in time.
For American workers injured while working offshore, there are numerous
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