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Pemex confirms rig fire and fatalities in Gulf of Mexico

09 February 2016

Pemex has confirmed that three workers have died and six more were injured in a fire on the Abkatun complex in the Bay of Campeche, less than a year after another deadly blaze at the facility.The Mexican state oil company said the fire broke out on February 7 in a compression area of the Abkatun-A Permanente platform. The blaze was controlled and an evacuation was not required.

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Two of the deceased worked for Pemex, while the other worked for marine contractor Cotemar. The six injured workers have been taken to hospitals on the mainland.

This is the third accident on Abkatun A in less than a year.

Seven were killed and 16 injured injured when a fire broke out on Abkatun A on April 1, 2015. Mexican regulators concluded in October that a corroded gas line was to blame.

In late August, an employee was killed and another injured when flaring occurred while they were removing rubble and clearing up the area affected by the explosion in April.

The Abkatun-A platform is part of the Abkatun Pol Chuc offshore complex and separates crude oil and gas from wells, processing around 40,000 barrels per day (bpd). In total, the complex has the capacity to produce around 300,000bpd.

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