After what appears like some concerted effort, Total E&P Nigeria has ‘put to rest’ the subsurface gas leak which affected its Ibewa 16 well. A statement this evening by the oil giant said “Total E&P Nigeria Limited (TEPNG) is pleased to report that the snubbing operation undertaken to stop the subsurface gas flow from the affected Ibewa 16 well, has been successful”
Furthermore , Total said “The snubbing intervention which started on May 9 has been successful and has stopped the subsurface gas flow”
The statement gave further insight how the gas leak was checkmated “The snubbing operation, which started on May 9, consisted of introducing small pipes into the well to pump heavy fluids to stop the flow and set cement plugs to isolate the reservoir. Confirmation was received today that the flow of gas stopped. The cement seal of the well is now being finalized”.
TEPNG said it will continue to monitor and perform analysis of air and water quality as well as engaging and providing updates to the representatives of the neighboring communities, State and Local Government, regulators and other stakeholders.
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