September 9, 2010 / 4:24 PM / 7 years ago

UPDATE 2-Mariner puts out fire at non-producing Gulf platform

   * Mariner: platform was nonproducing, being decommissioned
* Fire quickly extinguished says Coast Guard
* Second fire in two weeks on a Mariner platform
 (Recasts with Mariner comment)
 HOUSTON, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Mariner Energy ME.N said it
extinguished a small fire on a non-producing platform being
decommissioned in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday without any
injuries or spilling any oil.
 Thursday's fire was the second in two weeks on a Mariner
Energy platform in the Gulf of Mexico. A fire on another
Mariner platform on Sept. 2 forced 13 workers to evacuate but
also without any injuries or oil leak.
 The fire on the non-producing  platform at South Marsh
Island 136, about 75 miles (120 km) south of Morgan City,
Louisiana, was small and was snuffed with a water hose and a
hand-held fire extinguisher, Mariner spokesman Patrick Cassidy
said .
 "It wasn't in production, the wells were plugged, and we
were in the stage of decommissioning it," he said. "The
platform was not evacuated, there was no spill and there were
no injuries."
 He said Mariner was resuming abandonment operations at the
facility. It has not been in production since before 2006, when
Mariner acquired it from Forest Oil FST.N, Cassidy said.
 Earlier, the U.S. Coast Guard said the the fire was out
before it could get there.
 (Reporting by Erwin Seba and Kristen Hays; Editing by
Marguerita Choy)

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