Azerbaijani emergency situations minister arrives at site of fire on offshore platform

Baku: Azerbaijan’s Minister of Emergency Situations, Colonel General Kemaleddin Heydarov has arrived at the site of fire on the Gunashli offshore field’s platform.

The minister inspected the site, reviewing the ongoing work on fire-fighting and searching those missing after the accident.

SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev is in the special headquarters created to handle the accident.

As a result of a windstorm on Dec.4 at 17:40 (UTC/GMT + 4 hours), a high-pressure underwater gas pipeline was damaged which caused a fire on the platform #10 at SOCAR’s Gunashli field.

Two died as a result of the accident. Currently, 29 people are listed as missing.