Vermilion Block 380 platform

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Name: Vermilion Block 380
Fate: Exploded

The Vermilion Block 380 A Platform is a fixed offshore platform located in 340 ft (104 m) of water approximately 110 mi (180 km) off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico. The platform was originally installed as an oil and gas drilling and production platform in early 1980.

Mariner Energy[edit]

The platform was owned by Mariner Energy, Inc., an oil and gas exploration company based in One Briar Lake Plaza in Westchase, Houston, Texas.[1][2] In 2010, Apache Corporation bought Mariner Energy for $2.7 billion.[3] The acquisition was completed on November 10, 2010.[4]


As viewed from the surface, the platform appears to be of a traditional four-pile design. However, the design incorporates four exterior skirt piles in order to provide additional stability at the base. These skirt piles do not extend all of the way from the mudline to the water surface. The eight piles, four main and four skirt, that secure the platform to the seafloor are 5 ft (2 m) in diameter and extend more than 300 ft (91 m) below the mudline.

It was producing approximately 9.2 million cubic feet (260,000 cubic metres) of natural gas and 58,800 US gallons (1,400 bbl) of oil per day.[5]


The platform was located at the Vermilion Block 38 in the Gulf of Mexico about 80 miles (130 km) south of Vermilion Bay.[6]


The rig exploded and caught on fire on September 2, 2010.[7][8] The platform was off-line for maintenance at the time the incident occurred.[9] The flames from the explosion could be seen 100 mi (160 km) off the Louisiana coast.[5][10] Thirteen workers were occupying the platform at the time of the explosion. All of the workers were rescued from the ocean, with one person sustaining injuries.[11][12][13] The rescue vessel Crystal Clear rescued the crew members, all of whom wore survival clothing called "gumby suits". All went to a hospital in Houma, Louisiana.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Contact Archived July 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.." Mariner Energy. Retrieved on June 3, 2010.
  2. ^ "SECT1-key.gif Archived March 20, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.." Westchase. Retrieved on February 5, 2009.
  3. ^ Kahn, Chris. "Apache to buy Mariner Energy for $2.7 billion Archived November 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.." Associated Press at BusinessWeek. April 15, 2010. Retrieved on June 3, 2010.
  4. ^ Apache Corporation. Apache Completes Merger With Mariner Energy 2010-11-10. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
  5. ^ a b September 2 oil rig explosion, CNN
  6. ^ a b "Another oil rig explodes". Salisbury Post. Associated Press. 2010-09-02. Retrieved 2010-09-03.
  7. ^ Carroll, Joe; Clark, Aaron (2010-09-02). "Gulf Oil Platform Owned by Mariner Energy Has Explosion, Coast Guard Says". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2010-09-02.
  8. ^ Rescue efforts under way after oil rig explosion in Gulf.
  9. ^ "Oil Rig Explodes Off Louisiana Coast". Foxnews. Newscorp. 2010-02-09. Retrieved 2010-09-02.
  10. ^ New oil rig explosion in Gulf of Mexico Archived September 5, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. WFRV
  11. ^ Coast Guard reporting rig incident south of Vermilion Bay Archived June 29, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ Oil Rig Reportedly Explodes Off Louisiana Coast.
  13. ^ Associated Press/Houston Chronicle: 13 rescued after explosion in the Gulf. (Retrieved September 2, 2010.)

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Coordinates: 28°12′N 92°12′W / 28.200°N 92.200°W / 28.200; -92.200