12 April 2012 19:12 [Source: ICIS news]
MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), the state-owned oil company, has extinguished a fire and shut down a gasoline pipeline in western Mexico, the company said on Thursday.
Pemex said fuel disruptions would be avoided, as gasoline inventories are sufficient to ensure steady supply. There are enough supplies to cover five days' worth of supplies in the area, Pemex said.
The shutdown occurred on the Salamanca to Guadalajara 16-inch (41cm) duct in the municipality of Tala in the state of Jalisco, about 350 miles (560 km) west of Mexico City. Pemex said the blaze was caused by illegal fuel tapping.
The duct transports gasoline from a Pemex refinery in the neighbouring state of Guanajuato into two tanks in Jalisco, with a storage capacity of about 70,000 bbl each, the company said.
Pemex has suffered frequent vandalism, as fuel thieves routinely tap into Mexico's network of pipelines to steal oil and gas for sale in the black market, causing spills and explosions.
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