I got this from a guy at work today.
Egyptian firefighters worked for a second straight day to
douse a fire on an offshore natural gas platform part-owned by
ENI SpA and BP PLC. An Agence France-Presse correspondent saw
six teams of firefighters backed by helicopters leaving Port
Said early morning for the Temseh platform, where the blaze was
set off yesterday, apparently by accident. An oil industry
source said it would take five days to extinguish the fire. All
150 workers on the platform, run by Petrobel and owned by ENI,
BP and Egypt's General Petroleum Corp, were evacuated. Temseh
is one of Egypt's largest gas deposits, producing between
150-180 million cubic feet per day. The platform had been shut
for maintenance at the start of the month. The fire initially
broke out on jackup working alongside the platform, the GSF
Adriatic IV, which has sunk. Officials said it was caused by an
overflow of natural gas during drilling. The initial blaze was
brought under control yesterday afternoon, but for reasons that
are still unclear it later spread to the platform, which
erupted into flame. "Equipment damage was considerable," an oil
ministry official said today, without giving a precise estimate.
GlobalSantaFe reports that one of the company's drilling rigs,
the GSF Adriatic IV, was severely damaged during a fire and
sank in the Mediterranean Sea approximately 25 miles offshore
Egypt. The fire occurred at 8:45 a.m. local time on Tuesday,
August 10, 2004, following a well control incident.
There were no injuries and all 79 persons onboard the drilling
rig were safely evacuated by boat to the nearest shorebase. The
personnel on the rig included 44 GlobalSantaFe employees and 35
"We are thankful we were able to safely evacuate all personnel
from the rig without injury," said Jon Marshall,
GlobalSantaFe's President and Chief Executive Officer.
At the time of the incident, the rig was located over a
production platform owned by Petrobel, a joint venture between
Eni and the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation. The rig had
been at the location for 58 days.