A fire that erupted on Friday at the Nohoch Alfa offshore platform in the Bay of Campeche, Gulf of Mexico, resulted in injuries to at least six individuals, as reported by Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), the state-owned oil company. Pemex stated that out of the 328 workers present on the platform during the incident, 321 have been successfully evacuated. In response to the fire, four boats have been dispatched to the scene to aid in firefighting efforts.
According to CNN, employees from nearby platforms witnessed the flames, indicating the significant scale of the incident. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador addressed the situation in a press conference, highlighting the involvement of Pemex firefighters and the Mexican Navy in battling the blaze.
Pemex, known for its history of major industrial accidents, has assured ongoing updates regarding the fire’s containment, extinguishing efforts, and assessment of damages throughout the day.
In a similar event in 2021, a fire resembling an “eye of fire” occurred near a Pemex offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico but was successfully brought under control.