Fire on ENI/BP's Platform Offshore Egypt Rages for Second Day
Posted on 12.08.2004 - 09:02 EDT in OFFSHORE NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links
Egyptian firefighters worked for a second straight day to douse a fire on an offshore natural gas platform part-owned by ENI SpA and BP PLC.
An Agence France-Presse correspondent saw six teams of firefighters backed by helicopters leaving Port Said early morning for the Temseh
platform, where the blaze was set off yesterday, apparently by accident.
An oil industry source said it would take five days to extinguish the fire.
All 150 workers on the platform, run by Petrobel and owned by ENI, BP and Egypt's General Petroleum Corp, were evacuated.Temseh
is one of Egypt's largest gas deposits, producing between 150-180 million cubic feet per day.
The platform had been shut for maintenance at the start of the month.
The fire initially broke out on jackup working alongside the platform, the GSF Adriatic IV
, which has sunk.
Officials said it was caused by an overflow of natural gas during drilling.
The initial blaze was brought under control yesterday afternoon, but for reasons that are still unclear it later spread to the platform, which erupted into flame.
"Equipment damage was considerable," an oil ministry official said today, without giving a precise estimate.
11 August 2004