VIDEO, 29 Missing Azeri Oil Workers Feared Dead, SOCAR Says

Mon Dec 7, 2015 14:15:11

Azeri state energy company SOCAR said that 29 workers missing after its oil platform in the Caspian Sea caught fire on Friday, December 4, were feared dead, and President Ilham Aliyev declared a day of national mourning, Reuters reports.

SOCAR said on Sunday that one worker had been killed and 33 rescued, out of the 62 who were on the oil rig when the fire started.

"We continue the search-and-rescue operation ... We regard those whom we have not found so far as missing," Khoshbakht Usifzade, SOCAR first vice-president, told a news conference.

Usifzade added that rescuers were also searching for three more workers who had been swept into the sea in an accident on another oil platform on Friday.

SOCAR's other vice-president said that the search operation would be continue through the night.

29 Missing Azeri Oil Workers Feared Dead, SOCAR Says

"Despite all the efforts, regrettably, no one has been found," Khalig Mamedov told a news conference.

Mamedov said that rescuers had found several life vests and fragments of a boat, adding that one gas well was still on fire.

The fire started on Friday after the storm caused the partial collapse of one of the facilities on the platform, damaging a natural gas pipeline.

29 Missing Azeri Oil Workers Feared Dead, SOCAR Says

Daily production was 920 tonnes of oil and 1.08 million cubic meters of gas.

About 60 percent of Azerbaijan oil production passes through this platform, meaning the state company's output will be temporarily hit.