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A fire that began this weekend at a SOCAR operated platform in the Caspian Sea is still raging and has killed at least one person with  30 others still missing.

According to Reuters, a platform in the Guneshli oil field caught fire after a severe storm damaged a natural gas pipeline and caused a portion of the platform to collapse.

The company said that one person died, 30 are missing and 32 others were safely evacuated from the platform.

Azerbaijan’s Oil Workers’ Rights Protection Committee told the news wire on Saturday that 32 workers were killed and 42 others were rescued.

The storm has been hampering rescue efforts and the company was still working to extinguish the blaze as of Monday, the Wall Street Journal said. 

According to the Wall Street Journal, the affected platform, known as platform 10, produces about 6,000 barrels per day and is a hub for other SOCAR oil fields.

SOCAR has suspended oil production at the 28 wells linked to the platform and stopped flows through the facility’s oil and gas pipelines as a precautionary measure, Reuters said.

No spills have been reported.

A criminal investigation into the accident has been opened.

About 60 percent of SOCAR’s production travels through the affected platform, Reuters added.

BP, a major field operator in Azerbaijan, told the Wall Street Journal that operations at its Caspian Sea platforms have not been affected by the blaze.

Three other SOCAR workers went missing from another Caspian Sea platform on Saturday in a separate incident connected to the same severe weather system, Reuters said.

The workers remained missing as of Saturday.


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