Pemex Oil Platform Fire in Gulf of Mexico Kills Four, 300 Evacuated

Mexican state-run oil company Pemex said at least four people died after a fire broke out on a production platform in the Gulf of Mexico early on Wednesday, sparking the evacuation of around 300 workers. Local emergency services said as many as 45 people were injured in the blaze, which erupted overnight on the Abkatun Permanente platform in the oil-rich Bay of Campeche. Videos posted on Twitter showed the offshore platform engulfed in flames, lighting up the night sky, as rescue workers looked on from nearby ships. Part of the Abkatun Pol Chuc offshore complex, the damaged platform produces around 40,000 barrels per day and production has been suspended.



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