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Oil Platform Fire Offshore Louisiana Investigated

An investigation was ongoing Thursday following a predawn fire aboard the Ship Shoal 266 A owned by Renaissance Offshore LLC, an oil and gas platform 80 miles offshore Grand Isle, LA.

According to Renaissance, the fire was extinguished at 5:50 a.m. CST. The U.S. Coast Guard also reported no pollution issues. Renaissance officials and personnel from the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement boarded the platform in the afternoon and confirmed the ignition source was extinguished and all hydrocarbons were secure.

"Initial efforts were made by the crew to extinguish the fire, however the decision was made to discontinue those efforts and abandon the platform due to heavy smoke," Renaissance spokesman Oliver Marsh told NGI. "All four crew members on board safely evacuated from the platform aboard a life raft and were recovered by a field vessel that had been dispatched to the location."

The crew was "safely evacuated to a nearby facility" and later transferred onshore for a full evaluation. No one suffered any injuries, Marsh said.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans were notified about 2:30 a.m. CST that a production platform in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) was on fire. An HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew from Mobile, AL, responded.

The four people aboard the platform were recovered by the offshore supply vessel Mary Wyatt Milano. The crew of the Milanoand three other offshore supply vessels initially were fighting the blaze, a Coast Guard spokesman said. Clean Gulf, an oil spill response industry cooperative that responds to spills and provides equipment for cleanup, also responded.

Renaissance was formed in late 2011 by private equity Quantum Energy Partners primarily to acquire and develop legacy oil producing properties in the shallow waters of the GOM. The operator now has 10 offshore assets situated primarily on the Outer Continental Shelf in water depths up to 1,000 feet. Most of the assets -- seven operated fields and one nonoperated -- were acquired in 2014 from Black Elk Energy and included net production of 3,300 boe/d, 71% weighted to oil.

According to U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management data, Renaissance was the 28th largest oil producer in the GOM in 2016, producing a total of 1.657 million bbl of crude, as of the latest statistical update on Tuesday (Jan. 3). NGIcalculated that about one-half of Renaissance's 2016 GOM production came in the form of lighter condensate or natural gas.

Renaissance assets in the GOM are in East Cameron 345, 360; Eugene Island 314, 330, 331; Main Pass 76, 152, 153, 264, Mississippi Canyon 357; Sabine Pass 13; Ship Shoal 198, 199, 219, 266, 269, 305; South Pass 64, 65; South Timbalier 314, 317; West Delta 28, 133, 152; and Vermillion 369, 370, 408.

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