Oil Platform in Gulf of Mexico Shuts In Production After Fire
A platform gathering oil in the Gulf of Mexico shut in about 2,200 barrels a day of output after a compressor caught fire.
The Texas Petroleum Investment Co. platform in Breton Sound Block 21, near the southeastern Louisiana coast, evacuated 28 workers without injury after the compressor fire, according to a U.S. Coast Guard statement. A Coast Guard boat crew was fighting the blaze, and a 1.4-mile rainbow sheen was “drifting southwest of the platform.”
The platform gathers crude from about 50 to 60 wells and sends it to shore by pipeline, David Marguiles, a spokesman for the Houston-based company, said by e-mail. There were about 100 barrels of crude in storage on the platform at the time of the fire.
The fire occurred in Louisiana waters, Eileen Angelico, spokeswoman for U.S. Bureau
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