Canadian-headquartered exploration firm Serinus Energy says an “error in monitoring” caused a well blowout and resulting fire at the end of last year.
A fire broke out on December 18th in the company’s Moftinu 1001 well in Romania following an unexpected gas release which ignited.
No one was hurt in the incident.
Following an investigation, Serinus has comcluded the issue was caused by an error in monitoring the well fluid level during the well kill operation to remove the well head.
In a statement, Serinus said: “the main conclusion for the well blowout and resulting fire was due to an error in monitoring the well fluid level during the well kill operation to remove the well head and install the Blow-out Prevention Unit. It resulted in the inability to detect a gas kick and maintain the appropriate fluid level in the well.
“In addition, the operation to install the Blow-out Preventer after the removal of the Christmas tree was significantly longer than such an operation normally takes due to BOP installation problems.
“As such, there was no ability to mechanically control the well from the surface, thereby resulting in the blow-out.”