Total advances effort to stop Nigeria gas leak

12 May 2012, Sweetcrude, Yenagoa – Total E&P Nigeria Limited’s (TEPNG) teams have reported significant progress in the efforts to ensure that the incident is brought under control and to stop the subsurface gas flow from the affected well.

The snubbing intervention started on May, 9 and if successful could stop the gas flow in the next few days. A snubbing operation consists of introducing small pipes into the well to pump heavy fluid to stop the flow.

TEPNG continues to monitor the safety perimeter around the resurgences area:

–          The surveillance of water and gas resurgence points is performed by teams on ground and by daily helicopter flights.

–          The team continues to perform analysis of air and water quality several times a week. No hydrocarbons or toxic compounds have been detected. As a precaution, two private water wells near the resurgences area have been secured.

Total E&P Nigeria Ltd continues to engage and provide updates to the representatives of the neighboring communities, State and Local Government, regulators and other stakeholders.

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