Drillship Accident in Gulf of Mexico Leads to One Fatality
On Tuesday, October 20, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) announced that a fatality was reported on the Pacific Santa Ana in the Gulf of Mexico. The drillship had been performing operations for Chevron in about 4,800 feet of water approximately 200 miles south of Lake Charles when the incident occurred. No other injuries have been reported and operations have since been shut down.
Currently, both the BSEE and the U.S. Coast Guard are investigating the specifics of the accident, which is reported to have occurred at 10:15 a.m. There are few details known about the circumstances. While Chevron is the operator on the lease with a 36% working interest, both BP and ConocoPhillips have minority interests in the site. The ship had not yet penetrated the sea floor at the time of the incident.
In a statement today, Chevron stated that its “thoughts and prayers are with the contractor’s family, friends, and colleagues.” Pacific Drilling expressed similar sentiments: “Our prayers and thoughts are with the family of our colleague and our Pacific Drilling family closely associated with him.”