Total E&P Nigeria moves to checkmate damaging gas flow at OML 58/Ibewa

Total E&P Nigeria  (TEPNG) said its  teams have reported significant progress in the efforts to ensure that the incident at OML 58/Ibewa is brought under control and to stop the subsurface gas flow from the affected well.

In a statement, the company said “the snubbing intervention  started on May, 9 and if successful could stop the gas flow in the next few days. A snubbing operation consists of introducing small pipes into the well to pump heavy fluid to stop the flow.”

TEPNG said it will  continue to monitor the safety perimeter around the resurgences area.Among the steps taken is to ensure the surveillance of water and gas resurgence points. This measure is  performed by teams on ground and by daily helicopter flights.

Furthermore,the team continues to perform analysis of air and water quality several times a week. So far,said the oil giant,no hydrocarbons or toxic compounds have been detected. As a precaution, two private water wells near the resurgences area have been secured.

Total E&P Nigeria Ltd said it will  continue to engage and provide updates to the representatives of the neighboring communities, State and Local Government, regulators and other stakeholders.


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