13 May 2012, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt – Finally!Total has announced the successful completion of the snubbing intervention it started 4 days ago to stop the subsurface gas leak from its OML 58/Ibewa facility in southern Nigeria.
In a statement Total E&P Nigeria Limited (TEPNG) disclosed it is pleased to report that the snubbing operation undertaken to stop the subsurface gas flow from the affected Ibewa 16 well, has been successful.
The snubbing operation, which started on May 9, consisted of introducing small pipes into the well to pump heavy fluids to stop the flow and set cement plugs to isolate the reservoir. Confirmation was received today that the flow of gas stopped. The cement seal of the well is now being finalized.
TEPNG will continue to monitor and perform analysis of air and water quality as well as engaging and providing updates to the representatives of the neighboring communities, State and Local Government, regulators and other stakeholders.