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Another platform sinks in Gulf of Mexico

Pemex flotel sinks in GoM

14 April 2011

Pemex reported no injuries or spills after a platform in the Bay of Campeche toppled and sank 12 April 2011.

The Jupiter flotel went down in 38m water depths following an apparent pontoon control valve malfunction, the Mexican state oil company said in a release. About 13m of the 50m-wide semisubmersible remain above the water line.

The company said there were no injuries among the 713 crew members on board at the time of the accident, 638 of whom were evacuated to the nearby Abkatun-A platform. The remaining crew attempted to counter the intake of water with pumps but the effort was abandoned and the remaining 75 people on board evacuated early Wednesday afternoon, six hours after the flotel began listing, Pemex said.

The Jupiter platform overturned and sank about an hour after the evacuation was complete, the company said. Pemex said there was no evidence that any of the 2075 barrels of diesel or 82 barrels of jet fuel stored on the platform had been spilled.

The company said it is examining alternatives for recovering the platform and investigating the cause of the accident.

The Jupiter flotel, owned by Pemex supplier COTEMAR, was last inspected June 2010, Pemex said.

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