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Malvinas' oil rig drilling 'technical problem' triggers strong concern release from Argentina

Saturday, April 25th 2015 - 06:19 UTC
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The Argentine Foreign Ministry stressed a similar failure caused the infamous environmental catastrophe of the Mexican Gulf. The Argentine Foreign Ministry stressed a similar failure caused the infamous environmental catastrophe of the Mexican Gulf.
According to Argentina, Eirik Raude also experienced mechanical problems while operating off South Africa, and in 2005, during an Arctic campaign According to Argentina, Eirik Raude also experienced mechanical problems while operating off South Africa, and in 2005, during an Arctic campaign
Falklands is an area abundant in sea birds and mammals, and equally important in commercial fisheries of squid and toothfish, says the Timerman release. Falklands is an area abundant in sea birds and mammals, and equally important in commercial fisheries of squid and toothfish, says the Timerman release.

Argentina's Foreign Ministry expressed concerns on Friday over the failure in the blow-out preventer, BOP, valve of the “Isobel Deep” exploration well currently being drilled to the north of the Falklands/Malvinas Islands, as reported by Falkland Oil and Gas Limited (FOGL).

 According to a statement released by FOGL, perforation by the Eirik Raude rig belonging to Ocean Rig Management, had to be suspended at 1,273.9 meters deep due to the malfunction of the blow-out preventer valve, which is essential to prevent any liquid leaks that could contaminate surrounding marine environment.

The Argentine Foreign Ministry under Hector Timerman stressed a similar failure caused the infamous environmental catastrophe of the Mexican Gulf.

The release goes on to recall that the semisubmersible rig Eirik Raude in November 2014 operating off South Africa, had to suspend activities because of 'mechanical problems' and likewise in 2005 three incidents were reported while in the Arctic, which caused great concern to Norwegian authorities.

Furthermore during the 'illegitimate' drilling campaign in 2012 on the continental shelf of the Malvinas Islands“, the rig Leiv Eirikson also belonging to Ocean Rig experienced an incident at the mouth of a well but fortunately nothing happened since it proved a dry well.

The release points out that a major leak in the Malvinas area could have a significant impact on the surrounding ecosystem that could last for decades. The area is rich in sea birds and sea mammals, some internationally protected given the fragile and vulnerable conservation. Equally important the area is rich in commercial fisheries of squid and toothfish.

Argentina argues that test scenarios of oil spills in the area from the very companies currently involved at the north of the Falklands could reach the coasts of Malvinas and Tierra del Fuego.

Finally the release recalls that last 2 March Argentina strongly protested to the UK the beginning of drilling activities to the north of the Islands and on 9 March warned Ocean Rig to abstain from non authorized exploration and exploitation activities in ”the Argentine continental shelf or face legal consequences“.

Likewise last 9 April Argentina made a formal criminal presentation against Rockhopper Exploration, Premier Oil, Falkland Oil and Gas Ltd, Noble Energy and Edison International, and all their top staff for operations ”without the Argentine Energy Secretary authorization”.

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  • golfcronie

    Cry babies, “ don't cry for me Argentina ” springs to mind, no es una problema muchachos

    Apr 25th, 2015 - 07:10 am 0
  • Orbit

    There has to be oil there for there to be an oil spill. Think told us there wasn't?!?

    Apr 25th, 2015 - 07:13 am 0
  • downunder

    I am sure that the Falkland Islanders appreciate hectoring Hector's statements of concern for the marine envirionment around their Islands. How neighbourly of him!

    Apr 25th, 2015 - 08:06 am 0
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