‘Eye of fire’ on Gulf of Mexico after gas leak in underwater pipeline
In the video of the incident that was shared on Twitter by several Mexican journalists and publications, the fire can be seen having a circular shape and emerging close to the state-owned oil firm Pemex. Pemex said that it took more than five hours to completely put off the fire on the Gulf of Mexico, and that it would probe the reason behind the fire.
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Pemex officials familiar with the matter told Reuters that the fire began in the underwater pipeline which connects to a platform at the firm’s flagship ‘Ku Maloob Zaap’ oil development. This flagship is situated just up from the Gulf of Mexico’s southern rim.
Pemex said no injuries were reported in the incident and that oil production from its flagship project remained unhindered following the gas leak that occurred around 5:15am local time. The flames were fully put out by 10:30am local time, Reuters reported. The company said it would probe the cause of the fire, the Reuters report added. Pemex further highlighted it has also shut the 12-inch-diameter pipeline’s valves. The company reportedly said that it used boats to pump water over the flames, although its workers said that nitrogen was also used, Reuters added, citing an incident report.
This is not the first time that such an incident has happened at Pemex, which has a long record of industrial accidents at its facilities, Reuters reported. The head of Mexico’s oil safety regulator ASEA, Angel Carrizales, wrote on Twitter that the fire incident on the Gulf of Mexico “did not generate any spill.” However, he refrained from providing an explanation of what was burning on the water’s surface.
The flagship project ‘Ku Maloob Zaap’ is Pemex’s biggest crude oil producer, with over 40 per cent of the firm’s nearly 1.7 million barrels of daily output coming from it.
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY