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Mexican refinery blast kills one, injures 11

08 August 2014

An explosion at the Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) refinery in Ciudad Madero has killed one worker and injured 11, the state-owned oil company said on August 8. The blast and fire occurred after a gas leak at one of the refinery’s coking plants, which was not operating at the time of the accident because of maintenance, according to Pemex.

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There was no damage to the refinery, which is located in the northern state of Tamaulipas.
At least four accidents have occurred at the Ciudad Madero refinery this year, including a fire at a storage tank on July 22 that injured nine Pemex workers.

Ciudad Madero, the smallest of Pemex’s six national refineries, processed 129,763 barrels a day last year, below its 190,000-barrel maximum capacity. The company said experts would investigate the cause of the accident.

Mexico’s Senate recently approved legislation to open the national energy industry to private investment for the first time since 1938. This could reach $50 billion by 2020 and would be used to improve ageing infrastructure, some of it in Pemex's downstream plants.

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