SOCAR draws extra force to put out fire at Azerbaijani offshore platform
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 6
SOCAR has drawn additional force to extinguish the fire on the offshore platform #10 at the Gunashli field, according to Balamirza Alirahimov, head engineer at the Azerbaijani production union Azneft.
Speaking at a press conference Dec. 6, Alirahimov said that the "General Shikhlinskiy" vessel, which has additional equipment on board, has been involved in the fire-fighting.
He added that there is no new information on those missing.
Alirahimov noted that SOCAR's fire-fighting services and specialists were able to get on the platform and to evaluate the situation on the spot.
"A plan has been developed to supply them wit equipment," he said, adding that water is currently being provided to the faulty platform from a neighboring one.
"The fire is expected to be put out tomorrow," added Alirahimov.
The fire broke out on the offshore platform #10 of SOCAR's Gunashli field Dec. 4, after an underwater high-pressure gas pipeline was damaged in strong storm.
As many as 33 people have been rescued in a large-scale operation.
One person was found dead and his body was handed over to his relatives.
Some 29 people are considered missing.