Pemex evacuates 85 personnel from Gulf of Mexico rig after gas leak detected

Pemex evacuated 85 personnel from an oil platform it runs in the Gulf of Mexico, after a gas leak was discovered on Tuesday night.

Mexico’s state-run oil firm moved swiftly with the precautionary measure on its satellite platform Sihil-A, in the Marina Noreste region of the Bay of Campeche.

The company said there were no injuries or illnesses and no fire had occurred. It also claimed to have the gas leak under control.

This is the fourth offshore oil rig incident involving Pemex this year.

In April four people died in a fire at a platform in the Abkatun Pol Chuc complex. In May an accident on a maintenance rig killed two workers. And in June there was a non-fatal explosion on a platform in the southern Gulf of Mexico.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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