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Fire on Perenco oil platform kills at least five

22 March 2024

Five people were killed after a fire broke out on a Perenco offshore oil platform off the coast of Gabon on 20 March. The Anglo-French oil company said an incident involving fire occurred at the Perenco Becuna platform at approximately 15:25 local time and that five people were confirmed to have died with another person missing.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

Perenco initially said that five people were missing following the fire and that two others were injured in the incident. Both of the injured workers were evacuated to shore for medical treatment while the platform was secured and the fire was brought under control. All personnel on the platform who were not injured were moved to a safe location. The company said that it had activated its emergency response procedure and was working closely with emergency services and the relevant authorities.

On 21 March, Perenco confirmed that there had been fatalities, but that one person was still missing. It added that emergency teams continued to be deployed on site and to search for the missing person.

According to Gabon's oil ministry, the fire broke out during a “workover” operation. The ministry added that it was the worst incident in the history of the country’s oil exploration.

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