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Mexico offshore oil rig incident kills two, injures 10

07 May 2015

Mexican state oil company Pemex confirmed on May 5 that an incident on the offshore maintenance rig Troll Solution in the southern Bay of Campeche killed two workers and injured a further 10. Local media sources said the number of injured was 28. Pemex said the incident had not affected crude production at the nearby Caan Alf platform in the Abkatun-Pol-Chuc shallow water oil field.

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Oilfield services company Typhoon Offshore, owned and operated by Mexican conglomerate Grupo Salinas, said in a statement that the platform had been completely evacuated and that the 10 workers were receiving medical care.

According to Reuters, a Grupo Salinas spokesperson added that there was no oil or gas spilled as a nearby well was closed prior to the incident. Photos circulated on social media showed dark streaks in the water stretching a few hundred meters from what appeared to be the platform, which was tilting steeply.

Pemex also said there had been no crude spill but added that the platform probably contained diesel, which could have leaked into the sea. It said around 100 workers were evacuated.

The Caan field where the accident occurred produced nearly 12,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude in March, according to Pemex data. That in turn is part of the Abkatun-Pol-Chuc area, which produced almost 309,000 bpd in March.

Pemex said the platform was continuing to lean into the sea, but another spokesman for the company added that the accident had not "compromised" any wells.

The incident was the second platform mishap in barely a month to hit the Mexican oil giant, which made a loss of more than $6 billion in the first quarter of 2015.

On April 1, at least four people died at a fire in a separate platform in the Abkatun Pol Chuc complex, which temporarily dented production in the area.

Around 70% of Pemex's crude oil output comes from the southern Gulf of Mexico.


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