Workers from NANA company, GIS Oilfield Contractors, injured in Gulf of Mexico oil platform explosion.

Updated on December 7, 2012

Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone involved in the accident.

We at NANA Development Corporation were shocked and saddened to learn of the offshore platform explosion in the Gulf of Mexico on November 16, which  involved 14 workers and subcontractors from our subsidiary GIS Oilfield Contractors. Black Elk Energy operates the facility, located about 20 miles from Grand Isle, La., and GIS provides maintenance services.

As previously reported, two subcontractor workers were killed in the blast and a third individual passed away in the hospital.  Three people remain in serious condition. 

The cause of the explosion is unknown at this time.  Initial media reports on the cause were not correct  and GIS is working closely with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), which is are conducting the investigation.

NDC is an Alaska-based corporation involved in mining, oil and gas, engineering, construction and facilities management. GIS, founded in 1948, has 1400 employees and provides maintenance services to more than 700 platforms off the Louisiana Gulf Coast. GIS’ stellar safety record and training program were important considerations in NANA’s decision to purchase the company in July of 2011. All 14 of the GIS platform workers were considered to be highly skilled in their field and had undergone extensive safety training.

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