Pemex Platform Fire

MEXICO CITY—A fire at an offshore platform run by Petró leos Mexicanos killed two workers and injured eight others, the Mexican state oil company said Sunday.

Pemex said it isolated the area of the Abkatun-A platform where the fire broke out and had managed to suffocate the fire. Evacuation of the platform wasn’t necessary.

One of the dead workers was a Pemex employee, and the other worked for contractor Cotemar, Pemex said. The injured were flown ashore for medical attention.

No cause was given for the accident, which happened at 5:15 a.m. local time Sunday.

An explosion at the same platform killed seven workers and injured 16 in April.

That accident led to Pemex to shut in about 220,000 barrels a day of crude oil production, which was gradually restored.

The Abkatun offshore oil-and-gas processing complex is located in the southern Gulf of Mexico, where Pemex produces 1.78 million barrels a day of crude out of total crude production of about 2.27 million barrels a day. (nasdaq.)

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