Apache hires U.S. drilling specialists to kill gas well in Gulf of Mexico
Houston, United States (4E) – In an attempt to block natural gas movements from underground formations at the site, drilling specialists on Tuesday decided to intervene by pumping heavy fluids into Gulf of Mexico’s gas well.
The decision came nearly two weeks after workers discovered an uncontrolled flow of fluid at one of the Houston-based Apache Corp’s wells.
Apache activated a blowout preventer and initially managed to keep natural gas from escaping the well.
However, the tests later found that hydrocarbon migrated from a hole to shallower sand formation below the sea floor, prompting the company to hire a group of experts to kill the well.
The company, meanwhile, also evacuated 15 non-essential workers from the drilling rig.