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In this photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard crews respond to a dredge on fire in the Port of Corpus Christi Ship Channel, Aug. 21, 2020 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Authorities say several people have been hospitalized after an explosion at the Texas port when a dredging vessel hit a natural gas pipeline in the water. U.S. Coast Guard / Associated Press

TX - Repair to Well Off Texas Coast Taking Longer Than Expected

Officials say repairs to a natural gas well off the Texas coast that started leaking last week will take longer than expected

Repairs to a natural gas well off the Texas coast that started leaking last week will take longer than expected, officials said.

The well, located on a platform about 3 miles offshore from Padre Island's Bob Hall Pier, was expected to have been repaired by early this week. But the City of Corpus Christi said in a Tuesday evening news release that the company handling the repairs needs additional equipment to replace a leaking valve.

The city said additional elements of the wellhead also need to be repaired before the replacement can be completed.

On Sept. 1, the unmanned well owned by Houston-based Magellan E&P Holdings Inc. began spewing a plume of natural gas, condensate and water, in addition to emitting a sound like a jet engine. By the next day, the plume had diminished to about 5% of its original size.

The city said a failed seal on the wellhead caused the release.

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