UPDATE 1-Contango shuts EI-11H platform production on rupture

Thu Feb 25, 2010 3:23am EST

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Feb 25 (Reuters) - Contango Oil & Gas Co (MCF.A) said one of its pipelines, which transports production from six wells, got ruptured in a drudge contract by the Army Corps of Engineers, resulting in a shut-in of its EI-11H platform production.

The incident, which occurred on Wednesday, caused the stalling of production from 6 wells, including four Mary Rose wells, a Dutch well, and Eloise North, the company said.

All applicable state, federal agencies and the company's insurance carrier have been notified, the company said.

The company said it has provided the notice of force majeure to all applicable parties.

The ruptured 20 inch pipeline runs from EI-11 gathering platform to the EI-63 platform where its pipeline joins a pipeline that transports its production to shore, the company said.

At the time of the incident, the pipeline was flowing about 125 million cubic feet equivalent per day to Contango, the company said.

Three workers of the private company that was performing the dredging received minor injuries, the company said. (Reporting by Archana Shankar in Bangalore; Editing by Jon Loades-Carter)

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