Image being shared on social media allegedly showing the fire on the E-Ku A2 platform.

Fire on PEMEX Oil Platform Kills One, Five Missing

Mike Schuler
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August 23, 2021

A fire on a Pemex oil platform in the southern Gulf of Mexico killed one and five others are missing.

Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) reports that the fire occurred Sunday on the E-Ku A2 Platform, located in the Bay of Campeche at the Ku-Maloob-Zaap field.

Pemex reported that three of its employees were injured and one died. Another three were injured and three are missing belonging to the oil services company Cotemar, while two workers from Bufete de Monitoreo de Condiciones e Integridad (BMPI) are also missing.

Pemex said the fire was brought under control at about 4:30 p.m. local time on Sunday after personnel closed valves that resulted in the fire burning out.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

“PEMEX expresses its sincere condolences to the relatives of the deceased person and provides support to the workers affected by this incident, as well as their families,” PEMEX said in a statement.

Sunday’s incident is the latest to hit PEMEX facilities in the Gulf of Mexico, the last being the infamous “fire eye” in early July. There were no injuries or casualties in that accident.

Current production at the Ku-Maloob-Zaap field is about 640,000 barrels per day.

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