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Pemex refinery blaze injures four

30 May 2023

A fire at a refinery operated by Mexican state oil company Pemex injured four people on 23 May. The incident happened at the company’s Lazaro Cardenas refinery in the city of Minatitlan, eastern Mexico.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

The fire at the 285,000 barrel per day refinery did not affect production, Pemex said in a statement, however three employees suffered burn injuries. A fourth person suffered a sprain as they ran away from the fire which broke out in the late evening.

In a separate incident on the same day, Pemex said that nine people were also injured in a pipeline explosion in the State of Mexico. The blast happened as a result of an illegal tap on the Pemex pipeline. Among the nine injured people were three Pemex employees who attended the scene after observing an eight metre high flame inside a fenced-in property located next to the pipeline. The area was cordoned off, however an explosion occurred and damaged nearby properties, injuring several people.

Pemex said that it would conduct investigations into both incidents.

In February,  two fires at separate Pemex facilities killed four people and left five others injured. One of the fires broke out at a storage facility in the state of Veracruz where two workers died and three remain missing. A second fire happened at the Mexican state-owned oil company’s Minatitlán Refinery which killed two workers and injured three others.

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