Senator Kovitidi: three people were seriously injured in an attack on drilling platforms in the Black Sea According to the senator from the republic Olga Kovitidi, there are no victims on two platforms, on the third three people are seriously injured
Three people were seriously injured during the strike on drilling platforms in the Black Sea: one had shrapnel wounds, another two burns. This was announced by Senator from Crimea Olga Kovitidi, whose words are quoted by RIA Novosti.
“Three wounded, two have severe burns, another person has a severe shrapnel wound, his legs are cut”,— said Kovitidi, noting that the fate of seven more employees of the platform is currently being investigated.
The head of Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, in turn, said on the air of the Rossiya 24 TV channel that there were 109 people on the platforms at the time of the strike, which was inflicted by Ukrainian forces, 21 people were evacuated. One of the three platforms, on which there were 12 people, was badly damaged by the impact.
Kovitidi clarified that the blow fell on the & laquo platform; Chernomorneftegaz & raquo;, located at the Odessa deposit 71 km from Odessa. The BK-1 platform suffered the most, there were no victims on the BK-2 and BK-3 platforms— They only & laquo; cut off the tops & raquo; drilling rigs. Kovitidi said that the platform workers had time to “release gas” before the impact, which helped prevent a large-scale explosion that would damage the field and probably Odessa.
Gas production at this field is currently suspended.
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Aksyonov previously reported on the blow inflicted in the morning. According to him, military aircraft and ships were involved in the rescue operation, five people were saved in the morning, including three wounded. TASS, citing a source in the emergency services of the republic, noted that the strike was delivered by a rocket.
In March 2014, the Crimean authorities nationalized the property of the Ukrainian state-owned companies Chornomorneftegaz. and “Ukrtransgaz”, creating republican enterprises on their basis. The head of the Supreme Council of the Republic, Vladimir Konstantinov, then stated that the Crimean authorities took under protection the oil and gas fields in the Black and Azov Seas, as well as the gas and oil platforms of Chornomorneftegaz.
In mid-December 2015, Chernomorneftegaz moved two drilling rigs B-312 “Peter Godovanets” into the territorial waters of Russia; and B-319 “Ukraine”, which were then in the Ukrainian Odessa gas field. Rearrangement of drilling rigs of Chernomorneftegaz was associated with the risks of their arrest due to the lawsuit of Naftogaz of Ukraine. On December 23, the Pechersky District Court of Kyiv seized the Pyotr Godovanets installations. and & laquo; Ukraine & raquo; at the request of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine as part of a criminal case initiated in April 2014. The drilling rigs were bought back in 2011 with a loan that Naftogaz singled out Chernomorneftegaz, which at that time was its subsidiary. The companies began to sue over the return of funds even before the annexation of Crimea to Russia.
SUE “Chernomorneftegaz” engaged in the production, distribution and sale of gas in the Crimea. “Chernomorneftegaz” exploits hydrocarbon deposits on the shelf of the Black Sea and in the waters of the Sea of Azov and on the land territory of the republic. The company's drilling platforms are located near Zmeiny Island in the Black Sea.
In 2020, the company produced about 1 billion cubic meters. m of gas. In 2014, immediately after the annexation of Crimea to Russia,— 2 billion cubic meters. m.
The enterprise is managed by the Ministry of Fuel and Energy of Crimea.
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