Australian Oil Well to Leak for Two Months

23 August 2009 (Last Updated August 23rd, 2009 18:30)

A leaking Australian oil well is likely to pour oil into the Timor Sea for nearly two months before it can be stopped, rig operator PTTEP Australasia has announced. The company said it planned to drill a relief well and pour mud to stop the leak, which began on Friday last week with a

A leaking Australian oil well is likely to pour oil into the Timor Sea for nearly two months before it can be stopped, rig operator PTTEP Australasia has announced.

The company said it planned to drill a relief well and pour mud to stop the leak, which began on Friday last week with a blow-out more than 3km deep.

It is likely to take 20 days to bring a new offshore drilling rig by barge from Singapore, including four weeks to drill, the company said in a statement.

Environmentalists have expressed concern about the giant slick, saying the entire area is ecologically significant and part of an 'ocean super highway' for migrating animals between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, writes Reuters.