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Funiwa No. 5

Niger Delta, Forcados, Nigeria | 1980-Jan-17

Initial Notification: On January 17, 1980, the Funiwa No. 5 well located 5 miles off the Niger Delta, Nigeria, blew out. Approximately 200,000 barrels of oil spilled from the well. On January 29 the oil ignited. The flow of oil stopped on February 1 as the Funiwa No. 5 bridged. Keyword: Gold Crew, International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF), blowout, relief well, fire..

Incident Details
Products of concern:Nigerian Crude
Total amount at risk of spill: 8,400,000 gallons
Latitude (approximate): 5° 0.00′ North
Longitude (approximate): 5° 0.00′ East
On-Water Recovery: Unknown/Not applicable
Shoreline Cleanup: Unknown/Not applicable
Dispersants: Applied
In-Situ Burn: Unknown/Not applicable
Bioremediation: Unknown/Not applicable