Five offshore workers die in fire at Bay of Campeche platform

Aug. 23, 2021
Fire broke out as crews were performing maintenance on Pemex’s E-Ku-A2 facility.

Offshore staff

MEXICO CITY – Five workers were killed and six injured due to an explosion and fire on an offshore platform operated by Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), according to multiple Reuters reports.

The accident took place on Sunday at Pemex’s E-Ku-A2 platform, part of a gas-processing center of the Ku-Maloob-Zaap complex in the Bay of Campeche. The fire broke out as crews were performing maintenance on the platform, and a search for missing workers continues, Pemex Chief Executive Octavio Romero told a news conference.

The platform remains out of operation, with about 421,000 b/d lost and 125 wells offline, Romero said. The loss of output was slightly less than Reuters reported earlier on Monday, citing a company document.

The company reportedly plans to resume power supply to the facility and connected wells by Wednesday, aiming to restore gas and oil output afterward.