Six injured in accident at Mexico Pemex ammonia plant

21 June 2013 23:16  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Six workers were injured on Friday following an accident at an ammonia plant at Pemex's Cosoleacaque petrochemical complex in the southeastern state of Veracruz in Mexico.

According to Pemex, the accident occurred when a valve ruptured during routine maintenance on a water-cooling pump in the auxiliary services area of the facility.  

The company denied local newspaper reports that an explosion had caused the injuries.

“We want to stress that there has been no explosion or fire,” the company said.

In an earlier statement, Pemex said that the six injured employees were given medical attention on site then transferred to a local hospital.

The accident did not affect other areas of the complex, and operations were running as normal, the company added.

Pemex, through subsidiary Pemex Petroquimica, is Mexico’s sole producer of ammonia.

The company produced a total of 939,000 tonnes of the product in 2012, compared with 867,000 tonnes in 2011 and 899,000 tonnes in 2010.

Production capacity at the ammonia plant at Cosoleacaque was boosted last year following a six-month, Mexican pesos (Ps) 637m ($47.5m, €36.1m) expansion project.

($1 = €0.76, $1 = Ps13.41)

By: Simon West

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