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Chevron chopper wreckage found

Written by  Monday, 03 October 2016 09:34

Wreckage from the Chevron helicopter crash has been found, along with one of the missing persons from the deadly accident that occurred last week. 

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According to Chevron subsidiary Cabinda Gulf Oil Co. Ltd. (CABGOC), some wreckage of the Bell 430 helicopter that went missing on Monday, 26 September while on a routine flight from the Malongo operations base in Cabinda province to the Tombua-Landana facilities offshore Angola, has been located.

“Divers found the body of one of the two missing personnel and are working to find the last missing person. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those affected by this incident,” CABGOC said in a statement.

Resources assigned to the search effort are substantial, including surface vessels and aerial surveillance activities; as well as, subsurface search equipment, including remotely operated vehicles (ROV) for visual assessment; sonar equipment; and diver supported assessments, the company confirmed.

Incident investigation is ongoing. CABGOC said the company has engaged the services of third-party subject matter experts to assist with the investigation, and continues to cooperate with the Angolan authorities. 

A pilot, one CABGOC employee, and four contractors were on board the flight.

According to Houston's Tenaris, on 29 September, local authorities in Angola confirmed that Tenaris field service specialist, José Capita, died as a result of Monday’s (26 September) helicopter crash.

"Authorities confirm Capita, and the remains of three others were recovered.  Search efforts continue for the two missing individuals," Tenaris said in a statement.

Chevron operates through CABGOC in Angola, and in 2015, the Angola operations had an average net daily production of 110,000 bbl of liquids and 55 MMcf of natural gas.

The Tombua-Landana platform is in deepwater Block 14, where Chevron is the operator and holds 31% stake in a production-sharing contract.

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