Gulf Leak Plugged; 420 Gallons Escaped

Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 07:07 PM gHale

It was a leaking platform in the Gulf of Mexico, but it was no where near the scale of Deepwater Horizon, but Talos Energy LLC said it is working on plans for a permanent cement plug in an inactive well that leaked last week off Louisiana.

The company has yet to resume production from two active wells on the same platform, the company said.

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The company shut in the other two wells when the leak began July 9 during attempts to permanently plug the inactive well about 75 miles southwest of Port Fourchon, LA.

Talos President and Chief Executive Tim Duncan said fewer than 420 gallons of condensate — a mixture of oil and water — and a small amount of natural gas escaped between July 9 and Thursday, when drilling fluids cut off the flow. He said it all evaporated.

“The well has a known production history, which allowed us to quickly determine what was coming out of the well when the incident occurred,” Duncan said. “The discharge from the well was mainly water, with small amounts of gas and light condensate.”

A temporary plug sealed the well Saturday, the company said. Federal regulators confirmed that on Monday.

The wellhead is on a production platform in about 144 feet of water and 70 feet above the water.

It’s among a number of long-inactive wells that Talos is shutting down, the company said.

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