Fire on Caspian platform kills 32

A fire which broke out on an oil platform in the Caspian Sea has killed 32 people. The platform belongs to Azerbaijan’s state energy company SOCAR. 42 other people were rescued from the platform. The fire broke out on Friday at Azerbaijan’s Guneshli oil field. A gas pipeline was damaged in heavy wind. The nasty weather conditions made for tricky rescue attempts as the fire blazed.

Reuters reports that approximately 60% of SOCAR’s oil production passes via the fire-hit platform.

In a separate incident, SOCAR said on Friday that three workers were missing from another of its offshore oil platforms in the Caspian after an accident during the storm.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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