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Pemex Evacuates 638 Workers from Leaning Dorm Platform

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Leaning Flotel Jupiter Platform
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Leaning Flotel Jupiter Platform
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MEXICO CITY (Dow Jones Newswires), Apr. 13, 2011

Pemex said Tuesday it evacuated 638 workers from a semi-submersible dormitory platform after it began to lean to one side when water entered a pontoon.

Pemex said in a statement there were no injuries as a result of the sudden inclination of the Flotel Jupiter platform housing the workers about 80 kilometers (48 miles) off the coast of Ciudad de Carmen, Campeche state.

Since the platform is used only for housing and not for production, Pemex added, the morning incident didn't cause any leakage of hydrocarbons. "Pemex reiterates that neither production nor other activities in the area were affected," the statement said.

The evacuated workers, Pemex said, were taken by transport ships to the Abkatun-Alfa platform. Divers were sealing the affected pontoon on the Jupiter and Pemex said it expected the platform to be stabilized shortly and moved to an inspection area.

Copyright (c) 2011 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

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