Four people have died and a further 16 have been injured in after a fire on an offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The rig is owned by state oil company Pemex, which confirmed the death toll this afternoon.
Lamentablemente se confirma el fallecimiento de 4 trabajadores por el accidente ocurrido hoy en la plataforma Abkatun A-Permanente
— Petróleos Mexicanos (@Pemex) April 1, 2015
The fire occurred in the early hours of the morning at a dehydration and pumping platform called Abkatun Permanente at Campeche Sound, west of the Yucatán peninsula. The cause of the fire is unclear, though local media have reported that it was due to a failure in the platform’s operational processes. Nine boats are working to combat the fire.
Pemex also informed that over 300 rig workers have been evacuated. The injured employees are being treated in Ciudad del Carmen, Yucatán, and two of them are in grave condition.
Today’s fire is not the first incident of this kind for Pemex. In January 2013, an explosion in the company’s offices in Mexico City caused the death of 37 people, whilst a gas explosion in a plant in Reynosa (Tamaulipas) left 30 dead in September 2012.