Fire causes Gulf platform evacuation

HOUSTON – W&T Offshore experienced a fire at roughly 10 a.m. yesterday morning on its Ship Shoal 233 B Platform, located 128′ of water in the Gulf of Mexico about 30 miles south of Louisiana. The company said that the fire was subsequently extinguished at 11:35 a.m.

To respond to the incident, W&T said it activated its emergency response plan, “evacuated personnel and mobilized equipment and personnel to assess and address the incident.” The Coast Guard and other government agencies were notified and all three personnel on the platform at the time were safely evacuated. One worker suffered minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital before being released.

As a result of the incident,  less than two barrels of light oil was discharged into the water, which created a sheen. According to W&T, “At this time, the sheen appears to be quickly evaporating. The platform has been safely shut-in.”

W&T said that initial findings indicate that the fire was caused by a leaking connection on the vertical heater treater. W&T said it will do an additional investigation to determine the root cause of the equipment malfunction. The company also reports that all safety equipment functioned properly during the shut-in phase of the response and production will be restored once all repairs and maintenance can be performed.

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