Fire on offshore platform likely caused by gas leak: Pemex CEO

The fire on Sunday that killed at least five workers on an offshore platform operated by Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) may have started due to a gas leak, said the company’s CEO, Octavio Romero. Six workers were injured and two are missing, although remains have now been found in a control room on the platform.

Located in the Ku-Maloob-Zaap oil field in the Gulf of Mexico, the platform was undergoing maintenance work at the time of the fire. A full analysis will be conducted to determine if a gas leak during that work led to the blaze, which shut down oil production of 421,000 barrels per day (bpd), about 25% of Mexico’s total production.

Pemex expects to resume full production on the site by August 30.

Kim Biggar

Kim Biggar started writing in the supply chain sector in 2000, when she joined the Canadian Association of Supply Chain & Logistics Management. In 2004/2005, she was project manager for the Government of Canada-funded Canadian Logistics Skills Committee, which led to her 13-year role as communications manager of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. A longtime freelance writer, Kim has contributed to publications including The Forwarder, 3PL Americas, The Shipper Advocate and Supply Chain Canada.
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