Drilling of relief well commences offshore Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria-Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) has begun the process of drilling a relief well to seal the Funiwa 1A natural gas well.


(L-R) Andrea Fawthrop, Managing Director, Chevron Nigeria Limited, HRH Jeremiah Lechemo, the Amana-nawei of Kolu-Ama I, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Maduek, Minister of Petroleum Resources and HRH Newton Mienye, the Amana-nawei of Kolu-Ama II during the Minister’s tour of communities impacted by the recent Chevron gas rig fire in Bayelsa State


The relief well is being drilled to extinguish a fire that began January 16 at the original well, located approximately six miles (10 kilometers) off the coast of Nigeria. No oil was spilled or has flowed from this natural gas well according to Chevron.

CNL drilling plans will enable the cementing and abandonment of the Funiwa 1A well. The relief well is being drilled by the Transocean Baltic rig with approvals from Nigerian authorities.

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