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Explosion at Pemex refinery causes five minor injuries

11 December 2020

An explosion at a refinery operated by Mexican state-owned oil company Pemex on December 10 caused five minor injuries. The blast happened in the northern state of Nuevo Leon at Pemex’s Cadereyta refinery. Pemex said that no one was injured in the incident, however the Nuevo Leon State Governor reported that five people suffered minor injuries.

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Representative image: Shutterstock

The oil company tweeted a statement saying that the refinery is operating normally despite the explosion. Pemex said “a loud noise” was heard coming from storm drains at the plant. An investigation has been opened to find the cause of the blast which Pemex says did not cause any “personal or material damage”.

However, Nuevo Leon’s State Governor Jaime Rodriguez tweeted that he had been informed by local police that two explosions had occurred at the Cadereyta Refinery as a result of an accumulation of gas. He added that he was informed of five people having suffered minor injures from the blasts and that they had been transferred to a local hospital.

The Cadereyta refinery has a crude processing capacity of 275,000 barrels per day, however Reuters reports that it only processed 97,000 bpd in October.

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