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Rig Accident: Seplat Begins Search For 3 Missing Staff, Loses One In Delta



Rig Accident: Seplat Begins Search For 3 Missing Staff, Loses One In Delta

By Daniel Dafe

Seplat Energy Plc has said that 92 of the 96-member crew have been accounted for and safe after a rig incident involving the Majestic rig near Ovhor, Delta State, occured in the early hours of Tuesday.

A statement by the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Roger Brown, added that one fatality occurred during the incident, while three other rig personnel are still missing, saying that search operations were ongoing.

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“Seplat Energy regrets to announce a serious incident on the Depthwise swamp drilling rig “Majestic” in the early hours of this morning.

“Seplat as the operator of the SEPLAT/NNPCL joint venture contracted the rig, It was in-transit to its planned drilling location at Ovhor in Delta State when it capsized,” Mr. Brown said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the crew member who sadly lost his life and the three crew members who are still missing at the time of this report. Our emergency response and rescue efforts working alongside the rig owner and the authorities have been activated and are onsite. Our utmost priority will continue to be the safety and wellbeing of all the affected personnel and their families,” he added.

The company promised to provide further details as more understanding of the incident is received.

“A detailed investigation into the cause of the accident will follow,” the statement concluded.


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