BSEE to Investigate Damage to Unmanned Platform off Louisiana Coast

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the U.S. Coast Guard are preparing to investigate an unmanned platform off the coast of Louisiana that has been damaged, BSEE said in a statement.

The platform is operated by Energy XXI, GOM, LLC, and is located in 50 feet of water in South Timbalier (ST) Block 27 in the Gulf of Mexico, about 5 miles south of port Fourchon, Louisiana.

Energy XXI reported to BSEE at approximately 4:30 a.m. that the ST 27 IA platform had been damaged, and that the damage was possibly caused by a vessel. There was a fire on the platform that was put out by firefighting efforts from vessels in the area, BSEE said. Energy XXI told BSEE that gas bubbles were rising intermittently to the surface, and that no other pollution had been observed, BSEE said. There were no injuries.

At the time that the vessel was damaged, there were three wells in production. An Emergency Shut Down (ESD) was performed, and production at the site was shut-in.

BSEE and Energy XXI are sending personnel to the platform to determine the extent of the damage. BSEE is providing oversight to response efforts by Energy XXI.

BSEE could not be reached for further details.

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