Fire Onboard Offshore Oil Platform Sparks Full Evacuation

Published at 09:06AM - 26/01/16

A fire onboard an offshore oil platform has sparked a full evacuation of 97 oil workers according to its operators, Mexico’s Pemex.

The news was announced Monday 25th January by the Mexican state run firm, with them stating “no injuries were reported in the fire at the Zaap E platform,”

Fire Onboard Offshore Oil Platform

The Zaap E Platform sits off the Mexican Campeche coast, in the shallow waters of the southern Gulf of Mexico.

Pemex have stated the the fire broke out in the Zaap E platform’s engine room, although they have also said that everything was under control with a full evacuation complete with no injuries.

The Mexican state run firm also stated that no spill had occurred during the fire.

Zaap E Platform

The Zaap E Platform is possibly Pemex’s biggest producing asset, with a daily production of around 860,000 barrels of oil- approximately one third of the firms total oil production.

Pemex have said that at the time the platform was not producing so therefore has no effect on the company’s production rates.

Pemex Fire

The latest fire follows a similar offshore incident for Pemex less than a year ago, where seven offshore workers were killed, on the Abkatun Alpha Permanente platform.

Permex's Abkatun Alpha Permanente Platform Fire

Permex’s Abkatun Alpha Permanente Platform Fire

In December 2015, the company also suffered an explosion of an onshore oil pipeline, that injured around thirty people, with the blame being levelled at thieves attempting to bunker oil directly from the pipe.

Injured And Badly Burned People At The Pemex Oil Pipeline Explosion, Tabasco, Mexico

Injured And Badly Burned People At The Pemex Oil Pipeline Explosion, Tabasco, Mexico