Upon the order of Azerbaijani President on several measures regarding accident occurred at Oil Gathering Station of SOCAR’s Azneft PU dated December 16, 2016, search and rescue operations are underway in accordance with the plan affirmed by the Headquarters consisting of experts of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, Defence Ministry, State Border Service, the State Maritime Administration of Azerbaijan Republic, SOCAR and Caspian Shipping Company.
Weather condition, direction and speed of wind, underwater and above-water currents were reanalyzed and it was made a decision to strengthen the search operation.
The accident took place at about 05:00 a.m., on Dec. 15, due to strong wind, which blew away a part of a flyover of the 150-meter long oil-gathering station #3 of the department on oil and gas output of Azneft Production Union. Meanwhile, the board attached to the flyover and a booth on it were also blown away.
One person died and nine people went missing.
A joint special commission has been created to investigate the accident.