Seplat Energy rig with 96 drill crew members on board has collapsed, one person died and three others were missing in the accident at Ovhor Delta State.
Roger Brown, the company’s chief executive officer, confirmed the incident in a statement on Tuesday.
Mr Brown said the incident involving the Majestic rig occurred near Ovhor, Delta State, in the early hours of Tuesday.
“Seplat Energy regrets to announce a serious incident on the Depthwise swamp drilling rig “Majestic” in the early hours of this morning.
“Seplat, as 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,” Mr Brown said.
He said 92 persons among the 96-member crew are safe.
“However, tragically, one fatality occurred during the incident, while three other rig personnel are still missing,” he said.
Mr Brown condoled with the families and friends of the deceased while noting that a detailed investigation into the cause of the accident will follow.