Santos Ltd, on behalf of Santos (Sampang) Pty Ltd, operator of the Sampang Production Sharing Contract (PSC) offshore East Java, announces that there has been a blow-out while drilling the Anggur 1 exploration well.
At approximately 15:00 hours local time on 2 November, the well sustained an uncontrollable release of gas while drilling at a depth of 585 metres. The gas subsequently ignited. All personnel had already been evacuated to safety from the rig. There were no casualties sustained and no injuries. All personnel have been accounted for. The fire is currently subsiding and Santos (Sampang) Pty Ltd is taking all necessary action to control the well.
The Sampang PSC is located offshore in the Madura Straits, Indonesia, approximately 35 km east of Surabaya. The well was being drilled in a water depth of 14.8 metres by the PT Hitek Nusantara Trident 9 jack-up drilling rig.
Interest holders in the PSC are:
- Santos (Sampang) Pty Ltd 45% (Operator)
- Coastal Indonesia Sampang Ltd 40%
- Cue Sampang Pty Ltd 15%