Chevron Corp. says it is still trying to extinguish a five-day old fire on its rig off Nigeria's coast after presuming two foreign workers dead.
Chevron said Friday it is preparing to drill a relief well to fight the fire.
Chevron via AP
The Chevron oil rig on fire in the Niger delta in Nigeria.
Ian Laidlaw, an official from FODE Drilling Ltd., which was operating the rig on Chevron's behalf and employed the two foreign workers, declined to give their nationalities.
Chevron announced Thursday that a search for the missing workers had been called off. Andrew Fawthrop, managing director, Chevron's Nigeria/Mid-Africa Strategic Business Unit, told Offshore Magazine: “After three days of intensive search and rescue activities for our missing colleagues, I am saddened to report that our efforts have proven unsuccessful and, therefore, we have made the difficult decision to transition to a recovery operation. On behalf of Chevron, we extend our sincere condolences to the families of the missing individuals."
The San Ramon, California-based energy company says 152 other workers were rescued from the rig and a nearby barge after the fire broke out early Monday. Nigeria's state-run oil company blamed it on a buildup of gas pressure.
The Associated Press reported that a coastal community said the fire is killing the fish and tinting the sky "orange-red."
The news website Upstream said some community leaders in the state of Bayelsa have complained of pollution reaching the coast following the fire.
The Associated Press and msnbc.com staff contributed to this report.