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  • Updated: August 15, 2023

Seplat Energy Confirms 'Majestic' Oil Rig Collapse, One Fatality

Seplat Energy Confirms 'Majestic' Oil Rig Collapse, One Fata

Seplat Energy Plc, a well-known oil and gas company has confirmed the loss of its 'Majestic' oil rig near Ovhor in Delta State, which resulted in the regrettable death of an employee, bringing light on the inherent dangers of oil exploration and production.

The oil rig collapse was revealed on a Tuesday when Seplat Energy Plc made an official statement via its prior Twitter handle, now known as X.

The notice included preliminary information regarding the disaster, such as the location of the collapse and the name of the oil rig.

The company acknowledged the gravity of the situation and extended its sympathies to the victim's family and friends.

The 'Majestic' oil rig had 96 crew members on board at the time of the collapse, according to the statement.

The organisation was able to quickly confirm the majority's safety and well-being, as 92 crew members were successfully accounted for and confirmed to be safe. 

This quick response in identifying and verifying the condition of the bulk of the crew highlights the necessity of emergency protocols and communication systems in guaranteeing employee safety during such crises.

Despite the relief of knowing that the majority of the crew members are safe, there is one troubling fear. According to the statement, three members of the crew are currently missing, raising concerns about their safety and well-being. 

The unknown fate of these missing people serves as a heartbreaking reminder of the dangers inherent in the oil and gas business, where unforeseen events can have significant and far-reaching implications.

The incident also emphasises the importance of safety precautions and thorough inspections in averting such catastrophic events.

Although oil rig disasters are uncommon, they highlight the importance of maintaining constant awareness and adhering to severe safety measures in order to protect both human lives and the environment. 

The response of Seplat Energy Plc to this disaster, including efforts to identify missing crew members and examine the causes of the collapse, will most certainly help to influencing industry practises and assuring stronger safety measures in the future.

“Seplat Energy regrets to announce a serious incident on the Depthwise swamp drilling rig “Majestic” early this morning. Seplat, the operator of the SEPLAT/NNPCL joint venture, contracted the rig.

“It was in transit to its planned drilling location at Ovhor in Delta State when it capsized.

“92 of the 96-member crew are accounted for and safe. However, tragically one fatality occurred during the incident, while three other rig personnel are still missing.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the crew member who sadly lost his life and the three crew members who are still missing at the time of this report.

"Our emergency response and rescue efforts working alongside the rig owner and the authorities have been activated and are onsite.

"Our utmost priority will continue to be the safety and well-being of all the affected personnel and their families. 

“We will provide further details as our understanding of the incident develops. A detailed investigation into the cause of the accident will follow,”  the company wrote.

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