Ebola Blocks Liberia Spud

July 24, 2014

There are a lot of reasons to delay the spud of a well, but one that is rarely, if ever heard is the Ebola virus. According to reports out of Liberia and a number of blogs on the internet ExxonMobil did just that, delayed the spud of its first well offshore the country due to a deadly outbreak of the virus. ExxonMobil’s partner, Canadian Overseas Petroleum Ltd. (COPL) said the recent outbreak, which has killed hundreds of people in three countries, had left a shortage of expatriates available to work in Liberia.

The partners were expected to be close to spudding the Mesurado-1 wildcat on Block LB-13. COPL said that the partnership has been advancing the LB-13 project with recent technical work adding substantially to the geologic model of the block. They have also mapped and identified new prospects.

Arthur Millholland, CEO or COPL commented: “We continue to make significant progress with the technical evaluation of Liberia. Whilst the possible delay in the commencement of drilling is regrettable, the safety of the partnership’s staff is paramount and we are confident that staff numbers in country will return to normal levels in the near future.”

Copyright, Petroleum Africa, 2014.