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SOCAR pays financial aid to killed, missing oil workers’ families

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Date: 28 December 2015 20:37

Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 28

By Maksim Tsurkov – Trend:

Azerbaijani state company SOCAR has paid lump-sum financial aid to the families of the oil workers killed and missing after the disasters at the ‘Gunashli’ and the ‘Oil Rocks’ fields in the Caspian Sea.

A fire broke out on the platform #10 of the offshore field ‘Gunashli’, Dec. 4, as a strong storm damaged an underwater high-pressure gas pipeline. As many as 33 people were rescued in an ensuing large-scale operation. Bodies of eight killed were retrieved, while 22 oil workers are still listed as missing.

The same day a strong storm washed a booth on the platform #501 of the ‘Oil Rocks’ down into the sea. At the moment of the storm, there were three oilmen in the booth.

SOCAR said on its website Dec. 28 that the lump-sum financial aid stood at 5,000 Azerbaijani manats, and that the aid is being paid in addition to the financial aid of 15,000 manats allocated by the state.

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