Tuesday, October 21, 2014

México: 15,000 PEMEX Workers Evacuated From Oil Platforms Due to Bad Weather

According to The Latin American Tribune, some 15,000 workers have been ordered to leave oil platforms in the Sound of Campeche due to the bad weather in the Gulf of México, state-owned oil giant Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) said on Tuesday (October 21).

About 16,000 workers directly involved in production operations remain on the platforms in the Sound of Campeche, PEMEX said in a Twitter post.

Ninety-seven ships and 36 helicopters are being used to transport personnel from the drilling platforms to shore, PEMEX said.

COMMENT: A low-pressure system with a 40% chance of developing into a tropical storm in the next 48 hours is affecting the Gulf of México, the national weather service said.

Campeche Sound, located off Tabasco and Campeche states, is one of México’s top oil-producing regions, accounting for one-third of the country’s output of 2.4 million barrels per day (bpd).

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