Chevron gives up on search for two missing in rig fire

Chevron Corporation said  its subsidiary, Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), has called off the search effort to rescue two workers missing in the wake of last Monday’s fire aboard its oil drilling rig offshore Nigeria, K.S. Endeavor, operated by a contracting firm, FODE Drilling Nigeria Limited.

The company said after three days of intensive search and rescue activities for the two
missing staff of the contracting firm, it has given up hope of finding them.

“I am saddened to report that our efforts have proven unsuccessful and, therefore, we have made the difficult decision to transition to a recovery operation,” Andrew Fawthrop, managing director, Chevron’s Nigeria/Mid-Africa Strategic Business Unit said last night. 

“On behalf of Chevron, we extend our sincere condolences to the families of the missing individuals.”

CNL however said it is continuing its plans and preparations to drill a relief well as well as its investigation into the cause of the incident while confirming that 152 workers who were on the shallow water rig and associated barge at the time of the were safely evacuated from the scene of the incident, which occurred about 10 kilometers from shore.

Two workers who received medical care for minor burns, CNL said, have since been discharged from hospital.

The rig is located in CNL’s Funiwa oil field within Oil Mining Lease (OML) 86 situated offshore in water depths of about 40 feet when the incident occurred.

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