11 Jul Fire breaks out on Pemex Offshore Platform
At least two people have died after a fire broke out on Friday at the Nohock Alfa offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the owners of the platform, Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex).
The state-owned oil company said that at least six were injured, two killed and one individual missing.
In the latest video statements posted to Pemex’s Twitter account, Pemex Director Octavio Romero Oprepeza said that two individuals working on the facility had died and that one individual working at the facility who was not working directly from Pemex had gone missing.
Orepeza went on to describe details of the fire, stating that part of the platform was engulfed in flames quickly, presumably due to oil presence.
Fires on rigging platforms are particularly prevalent in both the Gulf of Mexico, as well as in the Middle East. Where the UAE continues to profit from its substantial oil-based economy.
The world stage continues to demand greater regulation and safety measures on oil rigging platforms to protect lives and ensure the business runs smoothly.
Pemex reports that the recent fire has cost the company at least 700,000 barrels of crude oil production so far, with the full damage of the fire being unclear.
The company’s reputation has also been tarnished, as it is now known as a company with consistent major industrial accidents at its facilities.