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Sep 9, 2011 11:35 AM by Kate Durio

Mexican Oil Company Says Workers Employed by Houston-Based Geokinetics

Mexico's state oil company said Friday it was searching for 10 workers from a Texas-based company who evacuated from a platform in the Gulf of Mexico ahead of Tropical Storm Nate.

Petroleos Mexicanos said it has two ships searching in the area where the workers, employed by Houston-based Geokinetics Inc. called for help Thursday afternoon after leaving a "jack-up" structure, the Trinity II, on an evacuation vessel.

Victor Manuel Perez, captain of the port of Frontera, only could confirm that the majority of the missing are foreigners.

Geokinetics specializes in seismic studies for the oil and gas industry.

Pemex said its ships couldn't reach the area about 8 miles (13 kilometers) off shore of the southeastern Mexican state of Tabasco because of high winds and waves.

Tropical Storm Nate was drifting slowly northwestward over the southern Gulf Friday with maximum sustained winds of near 65 mph (100 kph), according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. It was centered about 140 miles (225 kilometers) west of Campeche. Forecasters said it was expected to become a hurricane later Friday or Saturday and hit Mexico's Gulf Coast Sunday or Monday.


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