Adriatic IV

Rig:

GSF Adriatic IV Jack-Up

Date:

10 August 2004

Location:

Temsah, Mediterranean Sea, Egypt

Operator:

Platform run by Petrobel

Summary

In August 2004, the Adriatic IV was on location over the Temsah gas production platform, off Port Said, Egypt in the Mediterranean. The rig was drilling a natural gas well when a gas blowout occurred during drilling ops. Reports state that there was an explosion followed by fire which was initially contained on the jack-up. For reasons unknown, the fire then spread to the Petrobel-run platform where it continued to rage for over a week before being brought under control. More than 150 workers on the jack-up and platform were evacuated with no casualties, due in part to the prior recommendation that production activities be ceased as a precautionary measure.

Global Santa Fe reported the Adriatic IV as sunk and not salvageable. The platform, owned jointly by BP, Italy's ENI and Egypt's General Petroleum Corporation was damaged beyond repair and its destruction was ordered by Egypt's petroleum minister. Less than a year after the accident, production at the Temsah field was back on-stream at full production rates.

Sources:

Rigzone
Business Today Egypt

Photos
1. Tecon Engineering: GSF Adriatic IV at Temsah
2,3 & 4. More photos of the fire