Swift Energy responds to spill at shut-in wellhead in Louisiana

27 February 2013 20:37  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US Swift Energy said on Wednesday it is deploying containment boom and oil skimming equipment after a marine vessel collided with a shut-in wellhead in its Lake Washington field in Louisiana on Tuesday night.

“This collision damaged the integrity of the wellhead and resulted in an outflow of water, oil and natural gas,” the company said. “Swift Energy’s Incident Command Team was activated and responded to the situation during the night.”

The well, which produced oil, water and natural gas, was shut in January 2008.

Swift Energy said the well appears to be releasing primarily water and a small amount of oil.

“A definitive determination of oil volumes is difficult to measure currently due to the high ratio of water production,” the company said. “Once the company’s containment and repair plan is executed and the well is controlled, a more accurate assessment and estimate of volumes from this incident will be made.”

Swift Energy deployed containment and skimming equipment around the well site to protect shorelines, facilities and private property, as well as additional equipment to protect nearby marsh lands.

An aerial flyover was conducted Wednesday morning, and a definitive plan and timeline to bring the well under control is being developed, the company said.

No injuries were reported.

By: Tracy Dang
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