Mexico: Abkatun platform fire out. No oil spill

Pemex has informed that the fire that broke out on an Abkatun Alpha platform yesterday has been extinguished. 

Offshore Energy Today yesterday reported that Pemex-operated Abkatun Alpha platform located in the Bay of Campeche caught fire spurring evacuation of 301 workers.

Sadly, four workers have died as a result of the incident; one was identified as Pemex employee, one as a contractor for the oil services company Cotemar and, according to Pemex, two more have not been identified.

Sixteen workers were reported injured, four of them work for Pemex and twelve for the companies that provide services on the platform. In total, 45 workers received some type of medical care.

Pemex further notes that the fire did not cause an oil spill into the sea given that there was only a seepage which is being taken care of by a specialised vessel.

Pemex CEO Emilio Lozoya said that the incident will have a minimal impact on production since this is a processing rather than production platform.

Update: April 2, 2015: 11:45 CET

Malcolm Webb, chief executive of Oil & Gas UK, an industry body representing offshore oil and gas firms in the UK, said: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of life and injuries in the tragic events in the Gulf of Mexico. Our thoughts go out to all those involved and their families, friends and colleagues.

“Oil & Gas UK will follow events closely and look to ensure that any lessons that can be taken from this terrible accident are shared with our members in the UK.”

Offshore Energy Today Staff

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