Azerbaijani MP raises issue over accident in Caspian Sea

Azerbaijani MP raises issue over accident in Caspian Sea
# 16 December 2016 10:30 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijani MP Gudrat Hasanguliyev raised an issue in parliament on Friday over the recent accident in the Caspian Sea in which ten oil workers went missing.

The MP said the fact that this is already the second such accident within a year is very serious and dangerous signal.

He noted that this accident may be a provocation by some country.

“Azerbaijan is bordered by countries that are not very pleased with the policy we pursue. This accident too may have been masterminded by special service agencies of these countries,” Hasanguliyev said, adding. “Another possibility is that it may have occurred because of the irresponsibility of some officials. For this reason, I believe our parliament should react to this. Let us appeal to the prosecutor general’s office and let them find out the causes. I wish patience for the families of the dead.”

Speaker Ogtay Asadov raised his objection, saying a state committee is dealing with the problem.

“What could the parliament do before they investigate and discover the causes?” the speaker noted.

An accident took place at about 05:00 p.m., on Dec. 15, due to strong wind, which blew away a part of a flyover of a 150-meter long oil-gathering station of the Oil and Gas Production Department of SOCAR’s Azneft Production Union.

According to preliminary reports, five people, who were on duty at the gathering station, and five people, who were in the booth, are missing.

The body of Ilham Gafarov, one of the missing oilmen, was found at about 14:00 (UTC/GMT+4) on Dec. 15.

A special group has been created to investigate the accident.