Mexican state oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) had restored 71,000 b/d of the roughly 421,000 b/d of oil production knocked offline by a fatal offshore platform fire as of Tuesday evening, according to CEO Octavio Romero Oropeza.

Mexico offshore platform

In a video message posted late Tuesday night, Romero said Pemex expected to restore an additional 110,000 b/d over the subsequent 36 hours, and all of the lost production by Monday, Aug. 30. 

The accident occured Sunday afternoon on the E-Ku-A2 platform in the Ku-Maloob-Zaap megafield when a natural gas leak ignited during routine maintenance, Romero said. 

Five deaths were confirmed as of Wednesday morning, comprising one Pemex worker and four employees of oilfield services firm Cotemar S.A. de C.V. Two more workers from a separate...