Pemex fire leaves one person dead and five more missing


The Pemex fire offshore the Gulf of Mexico left one person dead and five more missing, according to the latest report by Reuters; the Mexican state oil company reported the eruption of the fire on Sunday afternoon.

Firstly, the fire began on Sunday, around 16:30 hours; it began on the E-Ku-A2 from the production asset Ku-Maloob-Zaap (KMZ); located on the Campeche portion of the Gulf of Mexico.

Secondly, the injured personnel from the platform were sent to a Hospital on Mexico City, and to Ciudad del Carmen for treatment; their injuries included severe burns and nervous shocks.

Thirdly, the cause of the fire is still unknown, however, Petroleos Mexicanos, Pemex, said on a statement that the root cause “is going to be thoroughly investigated.” Until yesterday, the company reported no mortal victims.

Moreover, this Monday, the company released a statement saying that the fire was under control; however, one person was dead and five more missing. According to Reuters, these people were not Pemex’ employees, but workers from Mexican oil services company Cotemar.

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Pemex going through a severe crisis; eyes of the world upon the company

In addition, Pemex reported that two more person from the Bufete de Monitoreo de Condiciones e Integridad were also missing.

Furthermore, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador expressed his sorrow at the incident at his daily morning news conference.

On the other hand, KMZ is a distribution center for gas and crude oil. This is the second incident during the last couple of months. In fact, back in July, a gas leak provoked a severe and tremendous fire on the ocean of the Gulf of Mexico; also, off the coasts of Campeche.

Indeed, the fire got media coverage from all around the world. Pemex detected the gas leak in a subsea pipeline; however, a few days later the company said that the fire was provoked by a electric storm.

Finally, the looks are now upon the management of Pemex and its assets; being the second security incident in less than a month, this has substantial implications for Pemex itself, as it is going through a deep crisis.

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