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SOCAR response

Author: State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR), Published on: 24 February 2016

"ACTUAL CONDITIONS: On the assessment of fire accident happened on December 4, 2015 in Deep Sea Platform No. 10 of Guneshli Oilfield owned by SOCAR"

...Labor Safety and Production Discipline Procedures was not violated on the deep sea platform no 10 of Guneshli oilfield. According to the requirements of Labor Code of Azerbaijan Republic and “Rules on construction and classification of floating drilling facilities and offshore platforms” (2012) Works in the open air was suspended related to severe weather condition. But according to the same regulations, wind velocity at 45 m/sec and wave height up to 13 m shall be considered as an ordinary weather condition for Caspian Sea and prior evacuation of workers is not considered (please see the attached “Azneft” Production Union’s letter and e-mail/telegram...The information that BP had evacuated its workers from the platform on the accident day is not true. The response to our letter submitted to BP confirms this fact...See attached letter...After the accident, several members of the press who intended to investigate the reasons of this tragedy pointed out the bad quality of the rescue boats on the platform as a possible version. However, this information is not based on any official or reliable source...[B]enefits to the workers who suffered from temporary loss of ability to work as a result of accident in deep sea platform no 10 during the natural disaster were paid according to the “Regulations on calculation and payment of compulsory state social insurance payments and benefits on the account of employers to the workers for temporary disability”

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This is a response from the following companies: State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR)