21 October 2015, News Wires – A worker employed by Pacific Drilling was killed in an accident on a drillship contracted to supermajor Chevron in the US Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday.
The rig was located on Keathley Canyon Block 96 at the time of the incident, said Chevron, operator of the tract located about 200 miles south of Lake Charles, Louisiana, in 4800 feet of water.
Chevron spokesman Cam Van Ast said he had no further details on the cause of the accident or what was happening on the rig at the time of the incident.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the contractor’s family, friends, and colleagues,” Van Ast said in a statement.
There were no other injuries associated with the incident and there was no impact to the environment, Chevron said.
Pacific Drilling confirmed the same details to Upstream but did not elaborate further.
Operations on the rig have been shut down, US regulators said.
The Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the US Coast Guard have begun investigating the death.
Inspectors travelled to the drillship Tuesday afternoon and have begun collecting evidence and taking statements.
The incident did not cause the rig to be evacuated. It had recently completed an appraisal well of Chevron’s Anchor discovery in Green Canyon Block 807.
After finishing the Anchor appraisal, Pacific Santa Ana was scheduled to drill the highly anticipated Gibson prospect in KC 96, which sits between the Tiber and Gila discoveries.
Chevron has the rig on contract through May 2017.
A Pacific spokeswoman said the company is “actively addressing the needs of the family and the affected employees”.
“Our prayers and thoughts are with the family of our colleague and our Pacific Drilling family closely associated with him,” she said in a statement.