Three workers are missing after a maintenance platform owned by Saudi Arabia’s state oil giant Aramco sank Friday, Aramco said in a statement.
The remaining 24 crew were saved but some suffered “limited injuries” and a “search is ongoing for three others — two Indians and a Bangladeshi,” Aramco said in a statement AFP.
It said the three missing workers are Asian.
“The platform sank as it was carrying out maintenance work at an oil well in Safaniya, the world’s largest offshore oilfield, in Eastern Province 265 kilometres (165 miles) north of Dhahran,” the report said.
Dhahran-based Aramco is the worlds biggest oil company in terms of production and reserves.
Eastern Province Coastguard spokesman Colonel Khaled al-Arqubi told the website of the local Al-Sharq daily that his force was alerted to the incident around 19 nautical miles off Ras al-Khafji port, APF said.
The Safaniya field is 50 kilometres by 15 kilometres and has a production capability of more than 1.2 million barrels per day.