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Blackout Forces Shut-In on Oil-and-Gas Boat

A power outage forced work to stop at an offshore oil-and-gas facility in the Gulf of Mexico Friday. According to the feds, power went out on the 530-foot production boat at about 1:45 p.m. on the the Helix Producer 1, which is currently located about 100 miles southwest of Houma.


When power went out, crews disconnected the buoy that connects the boat to the oil and gas supply. As a result of the disconnect, production was fully halted, according to the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.  About one gallon of hydrocarbons leaked as a result of the blackout, according to the Bureau.


Power was restored by 4:30 p.m., and no one was injured according to the Bureau.


The boat is owned by Energy Resources Technology (ERT), a subsidiary of Houston-based Talos Inc. ERT was acquired by Talos in a Feb., 2013, deal worth about $620 million.


In July, ERT crews lost control of a natural gas well about 70 miles off the coast of Plaquemines Parish. The incident created a sheen measuring about 4 miles by 3/4 mile.


In October, a filipino welder working at an ERT-owned platform was killed after being knocked off the platform by a storage tank.


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