The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has suspended drilling operations on Platform A in the Gulf of Mexico after the death of a worker on-site.

An employee of Nabors Industries who was working on the platform rig is believed to have died after suffering a fatal injury.

Responding to the incident, BSEE said that the drilling operations will remain suspended until it grants approval to resume drilling. However, production has continued from a separate deck.

"Production has continued from a separate deck."

Located on Green Canyon Block 18, 150 miles south of New Orleans, Platform A is operated by offshore oil and gas company Whistler Energy II.

Local media reported Whistler Energy II executive vice-president and CEO Robert Wichert saying that no explosion occurred in the incident.

Regulators are working with the operator and will investigate the incident.

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BSEE inspectors and investigators also plan to visit the location, with the exact date dependent on the weather.

Whistler acquired 100% working interest in Green Canyon (GC) Block 18 and 60 in the Gulf of Mexico from an ExxonMobil affiliate and W&T Offshore in August 2013.

The company secured $110m finance from Freepoint Commodities, Apollo Global Management and Summit Partners Credit Advisors for acquisition and redevelopment of the fields.

Image: Platform A is located on Green Canyon Block 18. Photo: courtesy of BSEE.