Caspian Sea oil rig catches fire; 30 workers missing

  • Thirty oil workers are reported missing after their rig in the Caspian Sea caught fire, according to Azerbaijan’s state energy firm Socar.

    Thirty-two workers were rescued, the firm said on its website. But rescue efforts were hampered by bad weather, reports said.

    A storm damaged a gas line in the Guneshli section of an oilfield, triggering the fire, Socar said.

    In a statement, the office of Azerbaijan president Ilham Aliyev said: “According to preliminary information, one person died. At this time, rescue operations continue.”



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