One worker dies after Saipem pipe-layer blast in Caspian Sea

One worker has died following last week’s fire on the Saipem-owned pipe-laying vessel which, at the time of the incident, was operating in the Caspian Sea offshore Azerbaijan. 

Illustration; Caspian Sea oil field offshore Azerbaijan / Image by Bruno Girin/Flickr – shared under CC BY-SA 2.0 license

In a statement sent to Offshore Energy Today on Tuesday, a spokesperson for Saipem said that “one person who has been in most critical condition has passed away in the hospital of France this morning.”

The spokesperson added that no other injured worker is in life-threatening condition.

To remind, Saipem’s Israfil Huseynov vessel caught fire last Wednesday, May 8, while it was working on pipelaying at the Shah Deniz II project. The incident was related to maintenance operations on an item of equipment during pipe-laying activities.

As a result of the explosion, 14 people were injured, all employees of the Saipem Group. Seven of the fourteen injured workers were placed in intensive care.

According to information provided by Saipem, all injured personnel was transferred on May 11 to the specialized hospitals of Turkey, Italy, France, and the UK. Three other less injured persons – who were able to travel independently – have also reached their home countries.

The Israfil Huseynov is a pipe-laying barge owned by Caspian Marine Services. The vessel was built in 1988 in Mantyluoto, Finland.

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