Gas leak from underwater pipeline sparked the fire, says Mexico’s state oil company
BOGOTA– A fire that broke out on Friday after an explosion in an underwater oil pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico has been extinguished, Mexico’s state oil company Pemex announced on Saturday.
According to the Mexican press, Pemex said in a statement that the fire, which broke at the underwater pipe several meters deep in the sea off the coast of Campeche in the southeast of the country, was controlled after hectic efforts.
A gas leak from the pipeline sparked the fire that took more than five hours to be fully put out, according to the statement.
The company said no injuries were reported, and production from the project was not affected, adding it would investigate the cause of the fire.
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