Fire at Mexico Pemex natural gas facility leaves 10 dead

18 September 2012 23:09  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--A fire at a Pemex natural gas facility in northern Mexico killed 10 people, the state-run energy company said on Tuesday.

Local media reports said that around 40 people were injured.

The fire started at 10.45 hours Mexico time (16.45 hours GMT) at a gas compression unit, near the city of Reynosa in the northern state of Tamaulipas, Pemex said.

The company said the fire was extinguished nearly two hours later.

The fire caused damage to the facility’s pipeline and some control valves, Pemex said.

The cause of the blaze had not been determined.

Pemex said that company technicians were on the scene assessing the damage.

The facility belongs to the company’s exploration and production arm, PEP.

The facility transfers natural gas from Pemex's Burgos production complex to the company's gas and petrochemcial division.

Earlier this month, four Pemex workers were injured after a fire broke out at the company’s Madero refinery in Tamaulipas.

Industry experts say illegal tapping at pipelines in northern Mexico is the cause of many accidents at Pemex facilities.

By: Simon West

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