Mexico reopens key oil ports as Ernesto dissipates

10 August 2012 19:37  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Mexican authorities confirmed on Friday that the major oil ports of Cayo Arcas, Dos Bocas and Coatzacoalcos in the Gulf of Mexico were reopened as Tropical Storm Ernesto began to dissipate.

“The storm no longer poses a risk to shipping,” Mexico’s Ministry of Transport and Communications confirmed in a statement.

Mexican state oil company Pemex did not immediately reply for confirmation that the company's export terminal operations had restarted.

The company said that the its Veracruz petrochemical facilities are operating normally.

Administrative staff were evacuated on Thursday from facilities in the Coatzacoalcos area. However operating staff remained, Pemex said.

Torrential rain threatened flash flooding and mudslides in a number of areas, with local sources reporting that some corn plantations in Veracruz were flooded on Thursday.

According to Reuters, the death toll attributed to the storm Ernesto rose to six on Friday.

Ernesto is expected to dissipate as the storm continues across the high terrain of south Mexico, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami said in its 10:00 Houston time (15:00 GMT) advisory.

By: Simon West

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