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Leak Capped After Blowout at Gulf of Mexico Well, Regulator Says

Feb. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Workers halted the flow of natural gas from a blowout well in the Gulf of Mexico after Rowan Companies Plc lost control while drilling in shallow waters.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said in a Feb. 1 statement that a plan by EnVen Energy Ventures LLC, the owner of the well, to pump weighted drilling fluids into the well had been successful.

“The workers on the site are continuing to monitor it and are in the process of pressure testing it this morning,” David Blackmon, a Houston-based managing director at FTI Consulting, an outside spokesman for EnVen, said today in a phone interview. “If all is good, they’ll be able to develop a plan for drilling ahead.”

Production will resume at the six shut-in wells nearby within “a matter of days,” not weeks, provided that the well remains secure, Blackmon said.

The well blowout, which occurred about 100 miles (161 kilometers) off the coast of Louisiana on Jan. 30, caused no fire, explosion, or oil spill, Blackmon said. Rowan was hired to drill the well.

To contact the reporter on this story: David Wethe in Houston at dwethe@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Susan Warren at susanwarren@bloomberg.net

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