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Fire on PEMEX offshore platform kills five and injures six, two people still missing

25 August 2021

A fire on an offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico killed five people and injured six others on August 22. PEMEX, which operates the platform, said that the blaze occurred on the E-Ku-A2 platform in the Ku-Maloob-Zaap oil field. The oil company said on August 23 that two people remain missing.

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Representative image: Shutterstock

In a statement, PEMEX said that the fire on the E-Ku-A2 offshore platform, located in the Bay of Campeche, occurred at 16:30 local time. Valves were closed immediately, and the platform’s emergency plan was activated, the company said.

One of the people who died during the incident was an employee at PEMEX while the other four were contractors from an oil company called Cotemar. Among those injured and missing were further contractors from Cotemar and workers from condition and monitoring firm Bufete de Monitoreo de Conditions e Integridad (BMCI). PEMEX said that all six injured people are being treated in hospital with one in a serious condition.
PEMEX confirmed that the fire arose while the Cotemar and BMCI contractors carried out scheduled preventive maintenance tasks.
The search for the missing people is continuing, PEMEX said, while the company is also working to stabilise the integrity of the platform’s facilities. PEMEX is continuing to access the amount of damage from the fire and said it would conduct a root cause investigation immediately.

The oil company added sincere condolences to the relatives of the deceased person and said it would provide support to the workers affected by this incident, as well as their families. PEMEX added that the incident did not occur due to a lack of investment in maintenance of its facilities, since the company has actually increased the budget for the platform. PEMEX said the safety of its workers and facilities is a priority for the company, even on top of production.

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