An accident on the Espoir Ivoirien floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, offshore Cote d’Ivoire, has caused two deaths.
BW Offshore operates the FSPO for CNR International. The vessel operator said an incident had occurred at 13:30 local time.
Work was being carried out in a cargo tank on the FPSO. BW Offshore reported hydrocarbons leaked into the tank, while work was being performed.
The company has informed the next of kin, it reported.
“This is a tragic day for the families of the men we have lost, and our hearts go out to them”, said BW Offshore’s CEO Marco Beenen.
The companies have shut down production and contained the leak. They have accounted for all personnel.
BW Offshore and CNR are co-operating with local authorities on the situation.
Crude flows from the Espoir East and West reservoirs to the Espoir Ivoirien FPSO. The vessel is located between two wellhead towers, connected by flowlines.
CNR has reported zero fatalities among employees and contractors during 2016-19. However, the company has reported a higher number of accidents in its international exploration and production unit than its North American units.