PEMEX evacuates workers due to fire on offshore oil platform

Offshore staff

MEXICO CITY – Mexico's state-run oil company PEMEX has said that a fire broke out in a machine room on a platform located in the company's top producing oilfield, but added that it would not affect production.

As reported by Reuters, PEMEX announced on Jan. 23 via Twitter that the Zaap E platform was being installed at the time so was not operational The platform is part of the Ku Maloob Zaap field located in shallow waters at the southern edge of the Gulf of Mexico.  

A spokesman for PEMEX said that the incident would not affect production and the drilling platform was not estimated to start producing for around eight months. He said that there were no injuries and that 97 workers were evacuated.

The field produces around 860,000 b/d of crude, more than a third of PEMEX’s total crude production, according to the latest available figures. The company added that the fire was under control and that there was no spill.

The latest incident follows PEMEX’s reporting of a fire on the offshore Abkatun Alpha platform in the Bay of Campeche in April 2015.


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