14 May 2012

Nigeria: Total Ends Gas Leakage At OML 58

Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited's (TEPNG) team has successfully stopped the subsurface gas flow from Oil Mining Lease 58, Ibewa, using another strategy.

The company said yesterday in a statement that it applied the snubbing intervention which started on May 9.

The Ibewa field was leaked gas for over a month, while the company used different strategies including drilling relief well to end the leakage.

"A snubbing operation consists of introducing small pipes into the well to pump heavy fluid to stop the flow."

"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", the statement said.

Total said confirmation was received yesterday that the flow of gas stopped. The cement seal of the well is now being finalized.

TEPNG 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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