A fire that broke out on a Pemex offshore Abkatun A Permanente processing platform in Mexico’s oil-rich Bay of Campeche killed three workers and injured at least seven more, Reuters reported. One of the dead workers was a Pemex employee, and the other worked for contractor Cotemar, a firm based in Ciudad del Carmen that provides offshore services to Pemex. The injured were flown ashore for medical attention, according to Nola. Fire is now under control, the Mexican oil giant said via Twitter.
Previously, a fire on the same platform in the Gulf of Mexico had claimed seven lives and injured 16 people in April 2015, causing crude output from four nearby fields to plunge nearly 70%. Pemex had to shut in about 220,000b/d of crude, which was later gradually restored. In December last year, five workers were hurt when a fire broke out at the Lazaro Cardenas refinery in Minatitlan in the Mexican Gulf coast state of Veracruz. According to the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers, Pemex has one of the highest injury and fatality rates among oil companies.