Image courtesy of Gulf International Services.

Six workers were injured on Monday when an onshore rig in Qatar caught fire.

The GDI-3 rig, operated by Gulf International Services (GIS), caught fire as workers were preparing to move the rig to an unspecified location, according to the AP.

The injured workers were taken to nearby hospitals and “most” of the workers were discharged after receiving treatment, GIS said in a Qatar Stock Exchange statement seen by the AP.

The company added that the damage was later repaired.

GIS did not disclose further details about the incident or the extent of the damage.

GIS is based in Qatar and is partly owned by state-run Qatar Petroleum.

The fire is the second incident to impact a GIS rig in less than a year.

In July 2015, the company’s Rumailah accommodation jack-up had to undergo repair and maintenance after a “punch through incident” at the Maersk Oil Qatar operated Al Shaheen field.

The rig, owned by the company’s Gulf Drilling International subisidary, was taken to the Nakilat shipyard for repair and maintenance that was expected to take “a few months.”

There were no injuries reported and all personnel were safely evacuated from the Rumailah after the incident.


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