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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.

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.