Mechanical failure suspected cause of well blowout

A mechanical failure is the suspected cause of a blowout at a Saguaro Resources well site north of Fort St. John earlier this week.

Personnel have secured the well and stopped the gas release, and the emergency was stood down around 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday, the company said.

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“The believed cause of the incident was a mechanical failure on/near the wellhead equipment,” the company said Thursday morning. “Investigations into the root cause will follow.”

The blowout happened Sunday, Sept. 1, around 11:10 a.m. at Laprise Creek, around 125 kilometres northwest of the city. There were no injuries or damage to equipment.

The Oil and Gas Commission is also investigating.

“Company personnel activated the ERP and implemented emergency response procedures to protect the public, our workers and the environment,” Sagauro said.

“Company personnel have been in direct contact with the BC Oil and Gas Commission throughout the duration the incident. The emergency was contained on lease at all times.”

Saguaro was in the final stages of running casing on the well when the event happened. The well is now fully drilled and waiting on completions, the company said.

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