January, 1989

This is a repeating event

198920JanAll DayTreasure Saga Production Loss 1989Ekofisk Field Norwegian North Sea (NO)Industry:OffshoreCountry:NorwayLanguage:ENLoC:Overpressure Origin: Marsh Incident:Gas/vapour/mist/etc release to airHazards:FlammableImpact:ENVIRONMENTAL (Offsite)Effects:EnvironmentalMaterial:Methane


A semi-submersible rig had a gas kick at 15,527 feet during an attempt to clear the drill pipe of cement previously pumped in to control the well, and the well then suffered a blow-out. It was stabilized after 11 months by pumping heavy mud down a relief well and was later sealed.

[ Property Damage $220 Million. Estimated Current Value $495 Million ]

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