05 May 2015, News Wires – Two workers have died after an incident involving a maintenance platform working for Pemex in the Bay of Campeche.
Some 101 workers were evacuated as a precautionary measure following the incident on the Troll Solution jack-up platform on the Abkatun-Pol-Chuc oilfield.
The platform was due to begin maintenance work on the Caan Alf facility in the shallow-water field when the incident occured.
Pemex has stressed that the mobile unit has not sunk and that there has been no impact on production in the field.
It is unclear precisely when the incident occured.
In a statement on Tuesday afternoon, the Mexican state oil player said the accident was the result of a problem developing with one of the unit’s legs.
Three of the workers on board the unit were Pemex staff, with the other 98 external contractors. The two dead were not Pemex employees.
Built at Cosco Nantong Shipyard in China in 2010, the Vanuatu-flagged Troll Solution is owned by Mexico City-based Typhoon Offshore.
The latest fatality follows an incident nearby in early April that saw four workers killed and moer than a dozen injured in a fire that broke out at the Pemex-operated Abkatun Alpha platform in the Bay of Campeche.
Three workers remain unaccounted for following that blaze on 1 April.
Pemex later said that a major environmental disaster was avoided in the fire that ravaged the processing unit, with a minor chemical overflow having been contained by specialised boats.