PTTEP abandons attempt to plug oil leak from Montara platform

Rick Wilkinson
OGJ Correspondent

MELBOURNE, Oct. 28 -- Thai company PTTEP has been forced to abandon its fourth attempt to plug the oil leak from its Montara oil platform in the Timor Sea after the drilling assembly failed while being run in the relief well.

PTTEP is now retrieving the assembly and will continue preparations to make a new attempt to intercept the leaking well casing later this week.

The company’s repeated failures to stop the leak which began in August and has been flowing about 400 b/d into the surrounding sea ever since, has raised the ire of green groups in Australia and around the world.

Concern has been raised for the environment and marine creatures in the region of the spill 750 km west of Darwin.

PTTEP has agreed to fund an environmental monitoring program for at least 2 years, to be carried out by relevant experts and include marine life surveys, wildlife and habitat studies, water-quality testing. and shoreline ecological assessments.

Related Articles

US gas reserve growth in 2013 was robust, AGA estimates

04/17/2014 US natural gas producers added more than 35 tcf of reserves in 2013, the American Gas Association said in its latest annual preliminary estimate ba...

Proposal would create patchwork of regulations in Colorado

04/16/2014 Colorado appears poised to consider a ballot measure this November that, if passed, could lead to a patchwork of local rules for oil and gas develo...

Baseline water testing rule to remove ambiguity in Wyoming

04/16/2014

Wyoming has adopted a rule that calls for operators to perform baseline testing of area groundwater before and after drilling.

Careers at TOTAL

Careers at TOTAL - Videos

More than 600 job openings are now online, watch videos and learn more!

 

Click Here to Watch

Other Oil & Gas Industry Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>
Stay Connected