BSEE, Fieldwood Investigating Explosion from Maintenance on Echo Platform

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is currently investigating an explosion that occurred Nov. 20 offshore Louisiana at Fieldwood Energy LLC’s 105 Echo platform.

The explosion killed one cleaning service employee, and injured another cleaning service employee and two platform workers, BSEE said.

The incident occurred as employees of Turnkey Cleaning Services were cleaning the heater treater, which separates oil from water and other liquids, Fieldwood Energy said in a Nov. 21 statement. The Turnkey employee, who had visible injuries, was flown to West Jefferson Hospital, as were the two platform workers who complained of ringing in their ears.

All three injured workers were later released from the hospital, BSEE said.

The only damage reported on the platform was to the heater treater, BSEE said. The platform had been shut down for more than a week and was not in production when the explosion occurred. Fieldwood Energy stressed that the explosion occurred as a result of maintenance, and was not a drilling incident.

There was no fire on the platform, and neither a well explosion nor a well blowout occurred, as was mentioned in earlier reports, Fieldwood Energy said.

BSEE is working with Fieldwood Energy, Turnkey and the U.S. Coast Guard in its investigation.

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