The South Timbalier block 27 unmanned platform. Image courtesy of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

Production was shut in Friday at an unmanned U.S. Gulf of Mexico platform operated by Houston-based Energy XXI after the platform was damaged by a fire.

The blaze broke out Friday around 4:30 a.m. on the ST 27 IA platform, located in 50 feet of water in South Timbalier block 27.

No injuries were reported.

The extent of the damage has not been determined.

The fire was extinguished with the help of nearby vessels, Energy XXI said.

Emergency measures were taken to shut in production at three oil wells that were producing at the time of the accident.

Energy XXI said a passing vessel may have collided with the platform, located about 5 miles south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana.

There have been reports of gas bubbles intermittently rising to the water’s surface but no other pollution has been reported.

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement have personnel at the scene and are investigating the incident.


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