A well-control problem has apparently lead to the partial evacuation of a drill rig that was working in the Gulf of Mexico, in Vermilion lease block 356, about 93 miles off the coast of Louisiana. This is way out on the continental shelf, close to the shelf edge, but the water here is still relatively shallow – less than 300′ deep:
|Vermilion Block 356 shown in orange, 93 miles offshore.|
There is only one platform in this block, operated by EnVen Energy Ventures, LLC, and installed in 2000. You can look it up here. The drill rig, a jackup rig called the Rowan Louisiana, may or may not have been working at this platform. The only information we have so far is from a few brief news articles. If you learn more, please let us know — comment on this blog, on our Facebook page, or send us an email.