Chevron oil rig catches fire off Nigeria coast

• February 22, 2012
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An offshore rig exploring possible oil and gas fields off Nigeria‘s coast for Chevron caught fire Monday, and the oil company said officials were still trying to account for all those working there.

Chevron said two workers were missing and 152 others found, but gave no further detail on the missing persons.

The company said it was still investigating the fire, which occurred near its North Apoi oil platform, and which forced it to shut down.

“We immediately flew out people to the nearby North Apoi platform, and have been helping those needing any medical assistance,” the Chevron spokesman Scott Walker said in a statement.

Chevron did not immediately say what caused the fire. However, Nigeria’s government believes a “gas kick” a major build up of gas pressure from drilling was responsible, said Levi Ajuonoma, a spokesman for the state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corp.

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