Platform explosion kills 1, injures 3

One person is dead and three are injured after an explosion at Fieldwood Energy's Echo Platform at West Delta 105 in the US Gulf of Mexico. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said it is currently responding to the incident in cooperation with the US Coast Guard, which occurred at 3 p.m. on Thursday, 20 November.

The platform is 12mi off New Orleans. BSEE said the Echo platform was not in production at the time of the incident and that facility damage was limited to the explosion area. No pollution was reported.

In January, Fieldwood Energy purchased SandRidge Energy's Gulf of Mexico and Gulf Coast business for $705 million. Prior to that deal, Fieldwood purchased Apache's Gulf of Mexico shelf business for $3.75 billion in July 2013.


On 16 November 2012, an explosion at West Delta 32, located 18mi southeast of Grand Isle, Louisiana, resulted in the deaths of three contract workers. The platform was then-owned by Houston-based Black Elk Energy. The company later sold its Gulf of Mexico assets to Renaissance Offshore, in a deal that closed in August 2014, for US$149.2 million in net proceeds.

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