Emergency shutdown on Gulf platform after possible vessel collision

BSEE and the US Coast Guard are investigating the cause of a fire after a platform sustained mystery damage.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is responding to a damaged unmanned platform in South Timbalier (ST) Block 27 in the Gulf of Mexico approximately five miles south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana, in 50 feet of water. The ST 27 IA platform is operated by Energy XXI, GOM, LLC.

Energy XXI reported to BSEE that the platform had been damaged, possibly by a vessel, at approximately 4:30am on 23 January.

There was a fire on the platform which was extinguished through firefighting efforts by vessels in the area. Energy XXI reported that there are gas bubbles intermittently rising to the surface and no other pollution has been observed. No one was injured.

According to the operator, there were three wells producing oil at the time of the incident. An emergency shutdown was successfully performed and production has been shut-in.

Both BSEE and the operator had personnel at the scene to determine the extent of the damage, BSEE said. BSEE is providing oversight to the operator’s response efforts.

The incident will be investigated by both BSEE and the U.S. Coast Guard.