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" Rescue was hindered due to 8m waves and strong winds. Just a few hours after the incident and as Oil and Gas People were getting reports of people trapped in lifeboats blown against the platform, a spokesman for the State Oil Company (SOCAR) went on record saying that everyone had been safely evacuated. The region is notorious for controlling the media and very little information has been released by SOCAR"
Update- One of the platform’s own lifeboats became trapped, after being blown under the platform’s topside and in amongst its steel jacket, during the evacuation by the crew. The lifeboat was capable of holding 42, however it is believed to have had 26 workers onboard during the time of the evacuation.
If is currently unclear if the 26 offshore workers onboard the lifeboat survived. The orange lifeboat can clearly be seen on the flyover video at the bottom of the article.
originally posted by: stormcell
How awful. Imagine being able to get into a lifeboat only to have the high winds blow you straight into burning flames.
originally posted by: quercusrex
a reply to: intrptr
It is a dangerous business even when all the safety procedures are followed. It's even worse when profits override spending money on maintenance.
“We are in talks” on the terms of BP extending its role as operator of the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli, or ACG, fields when the existing agreement expires in 2024, Rovnaq Abdullayev, CEO of State Oil Co. of Azerbaijan, or Socar, told reporters in Baku on Friday. He declined to give further details.
BP, the biggest shareholder in the group developing the ACG fields, gets about 5% of its oil output from the country, according to a 2014 annual report. A spokeswoman for BP declined to comment on a new deal.
Others in the development group include Chevron Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp., Statoil ASA, Turkiye Petrolleri AO, Itochu Corp., ONGC Videsh Ltd. and Socar.