BSEE, Coast Guard Respond To Loss Of Well Control In Gulf

March 2014, Vol. 241 No. 3

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) confirmed Feb. 1 that the flow of natural gas from the A-7 well, Vermilion Block 356, waa stopped by pumping weighted drilling fluids into the well. The well is in the Gulf of Mexico, 108 miles southwest of Lafayette, LA.

On Jan. 30, the operator of the well, EnVen, reported drilling from the jack-up rig, Rowan Louisiana, when the well began to flow natural gas. The flow was diverted overboard and work began to stop the flow. No visible sheen was reported. All production from the A-Platform, which is located under the jack-up rig, remains shut-in. As a precaution, personnel onboard the platform were evacuated. No injuries were reported.