Fire blazes on oil platform in Gulf of Mexico, 1 dead, multiple injures reported

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
By Paul Martin

RT.com
April 01, 2015

A fire broke out on an oil platform belonging to Mexico’s state Pemex petroleum giant in the Gulf of Mexico, leading to the evacuation of about 300 workers. According to the company at least one person has died and 16 have been injured.

Pemex said on Twitter that the fire on the Abkatun Permanente platform in the oil-rich Campeche Bay broke out overnight and eight firefighting boats were tackling the blaze.

The oil giant said in a statement that at least one person, a contractor, has been killed and 16 have been injured in the blaze. Two of them are in a serious condition.

However earlier,a spokesman for emergency services in Ciudad del Carmen said thatat least 45 people were injured.

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.

The Abkatun Permanenteplatform forms part of the Abkatun-Pol-Chuc offshore complex. Production at the complex has fallen steadily since the 1990s to below 300,000 barrels per day in 2013, according to data from the US Energy Information Administration.

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