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Correction: Qatar-Rig Fire story

March 22, 2016

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In a story March 21 about a rig fire in Qatar, The Associated Press erroneously described the rig. Gulf International Services said Tuesday it was an onshore rig, not an offshore rig.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Qatar onshore rig catches fire, 6 workers injured

A Qatar-based drilling company says a fire has broken out on an onshore rig run by its subsidiary, injuring six workers


Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Fire broke out on an onshore rig run by the subsidiary of a Qatar-based drilling company, injuring six workers, the firm said Monday, in the second disruption within a year aboard one its platforms.

Gulf International Services, partly owned by state-run Qatar Petroleum, announced the fire at its GDI-3 rig in a statement published on the Qatar Stock Exchange. It said workers had been preparing to move the Gulf Drilling International rig to a new location and later repaired it.

“Injured personnel consisting of six GDI employees were immediately transported to nearby hospitals and most of them (were) discharged after having received treatment,” the statement said.

The statement did not say when the fire started, where the rig was or how much it cost to repair it. Phone numbers listed for the company and its affiliate rang unanswered Monday afternoon and officials did not immediately respond to email queries about the fire. The state-run Qatar News Agency reported the blaze Monday, without offering any additional details.

Shares in GIS dropped 2 percent Monday on the Qatar Stock Exchange to close at 37.45 Qatari riyals ($10.28).

This is the second major incident to strike a GIS rig. In July 2015, the newly built Qatari offshore rig Rumailah suffered what the company described as a “punch-through incident” while in the al-Shaheen oil field off Qatar’s northeastern coast. Norway’s Aftenbladet newspaper published pictures purporting to show the accommodation unit listing and partially submerged after it collapsed into the water, its legs bent at an angle and small orange boats at its side. No one was injured in that incident.


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