Azerbaijan: 2 killed, 29 missing after SOCAR oil rig fire

Author: RT, Published on: 7 December 2015

"2 dead, 29 missing as Azeri oil rig fire in Caspian Sea prompts evacuation (VIDEO)", 5 December 2015

A major fire has broken out on an offshore oil platform in Azerbaijan’s section of the Caspian Sea. The company says two people died and 32 were evacuated - while 29 more are missing. The fire started overnight at a rig at the Gunashli field southeast of Neft Daşları (Oil Rocks) settlement. It was caused by strong winds that damaged a gas pipeline on the platform, the Azeri state energy company SOCAR said..It is still not clear how many people worked on the rig. The Azeri news agency ARA says 63 people were there, which doesn’t match the numbers provided by the independent committee..

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Related companies: SOCAR (see State Oil Company of Azerbaijan)