Platinum Explorer death

Vol 14, PW 16 (10 Feb 11) News in Brief

Hardly a month after she began drilling, Indian health and safety authorities have reported a tragic accident on board deepwater drillship Platinum Explorer.

On February 1, the Oil Industry Safety Directorate (OISD) issued a five-line note announcing that a “contractor person” was crushed to death at 2.35am on January 31 during a routine cargo handling operation. “The victim got caught (probable injury to the abdomen) between the railing and the container,” said OISD executive director JB Verma.

“He was given first aid by the rig doctor and sent ashore for further treatment at hospital where he was declared dead.” Platinum spud well F-1A for ONGC at deepwater NELP-IV block KG-DWN-2002/1 on December 28 and has been assigned a TD of 7000 metres to Lower Cretaceous era sediments.

Early this week the drill bit had reached 3044 metres in a planned 100-day programme. Operator ONGC (70%) shares KG-DWN-2002/1 with Oil India (20%) and Bharat Petroleum (10%).

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