Pemex confirms explosion on oil platform in Gulf of Mexico
23 June 2015
State-owned Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) reported an explosion and fire on its Akal-H platform in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the company’s official Twitter account on June 22. Leaking natural gas and oil have been detected at the platform, the company said, but the accident was soon brought under control. No one was injured in the incident, the company said.
The accident at the Akal-H platform is Pemex’s third since April 1, when seven people died in a fire at the Abkatun A- Permanente platform. Two other workers died last month when a jack-up rig operated by Typhoon Offshore SAPI de CV collapsed in the Campeche Bay. Pemex signed a contract with Industrias Metalicas de Tris SA for 12.2 million pesos ($795,000) in 2007 to upgrade the security system on the Akal-H platform.
Pemex, which has seen production decline every year for a decade, is looking to bring in private partners as Mexico’s energy industry opens to allow competition for the first time in more than seven decades. The company reported a loss of $6.5 billion in the first quarter amid falling oil prices.
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