El Segundo, Calif., Sept. 25, 2002 - Unocal
Corporation (NYSE: UCL) today said that its Unocal Indonesia Company
subsidiary has mobilized resources to address a thin hydrocarbon sheen
near a deepwater well site off the coast of East Kalimantan in Indonesia.
A survey by a remotely operated vehicle
(ROV) shows hydrocarbon seepage from the plugged casing of the Ranggas
6 well, approximately 46 miles (75 kilometers) offshore in the Makassar
The sheen was first observed Sept. 5 and
has varied in size from day to day depending on weather and wind conditions.
Unocal has reported the incident to the Indonesia Directorate General
of Oil and Gas (MIGAS) and State Implementing Body for Upstream Oil
and Gas Activities (BPMIGAS). Unocal has also activated its Emergency
Response Team consisting of highly skilled individuals and managers
to monitor and resolve the situation.
There have been no reports of hydrocarbons
impacting the shoreline. The sheen is not expected to have any impact
on human health. All potential impacts are being assessed and monitored
Unocal takes its responsibilities to the
environment and the people of Indonesia very seriously and is making
every effort to ensure that the impacts are minimized. The company is
working together with the relevant regulatory bodies and other entities
to come up with the best strategy for containing the hydrocarbons and
managing any potential impacts.
Unocal Rapak, Ltd., completed drilling of
the Ranggas 6 appraisal well in August. The successful well was plugged
and abandoned and the drillship was moved off the location. A ship that
was removing the anchors that had been in place for the drillship first
observed the sheen. Water depth is 5,500 feet (1,700 meters).