Mexico refinery accident leaves one dead, five injured

02 October 2013 06:34  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--One person has been killed and another five injured following an accident on Tuesday at state-run oil company Pemex’s Miguel Hidalgo refinery in the central Mexican city of Tula de Allende.

The accident occurred at around 15.15 local time (21.15 GMT) while workers were carrying out maintenance on the 500-1 unit of the refinery’s Hydro Plant I, Pemex said in a statement.

Operations at the 325,000 bbl/day refinery, located some 70 kilometres north of the capital Mexico City, had not been affected, the company said.

The injured were being treated at Pemex’s general hospital in Tula, and the nearby Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), where one worker later died from his injuries.

An investigation into the cause of the accident will be carried out, the company said.

The Mexican energy giant has experienced a number of deadly incidents in recent years. In September 2012, an explosion and fire at a Pemex natural gas facility near the city of Reynosa in northern Mexico killed 30 people.

And in February this year, 37 people lost their lives and at least 120 were injured in a gas leak explosion that tore through Pemex’s administrative offices in Mexico City.

By: Simon West

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