After a loss of well control event earlier this week, the Coast Guard and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) continue to oversee efforts to stop the flow of gas and kill the well at Ship Shoal Block 225 Platform B, located approximately 74 miles southwest of Port Fourchon, La.
While conducting a temporary plugging operation, Energy Resource Technology (ERT) first experienced a loss of well control on July 7, 2013. BSEE was notified of the incident and that the well had been secured. A BSEE Houma District engineer received the report of a second loss of well control event on July 8, at approximately 9:45 a.m. BSEE inspectors were on-board the platform and confirmed that the well was flowing natural gas, water, and condensate.
The platform was safely evacuated and two producing wells were shut-in.
Following a site safety assessment, BSEE approved the movement of pumping equipment onto Platform E, adjacent to Platform B and connected by a bridge. BSEE engineers completed final reviews and approved the source control procedures which involve pumping drilling mud into the well to stop the flow of natural gas.
There is currently a light sheen on the water, which appears to be evaporating, ERT reports. The well is flowing mostly water at very low pressure and ERT believes that approximately 3.6 barrels of light condensate is being discharged every 24 hours based upon the size of the sheen reported by the BSEE and the U.S. Coast Guard.
BSEE and Coast Guard continue to work closely with federal and local agencies. BSEE will conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the well control event.