Pemex blast at Ciudad Madero refinery kills four workers, injures more
The fire occurred at one of the refinery’s coking plants which wasn’t operating at the time of the accident because of maintenance, according to Pemex. There was no damage to the refinery.
By ADAM WILLIAMS
A burst of flame at the Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) refinery
in Ciudad Madero has
killed four workers and injured several more, the state-owned
oil company reported on its official Twitter account.
The company initially said that one worker was killed and 11
injured. On Monday, Pemex said the death toll had risen
to four, and seven workers remained in the hospital with
The fire occurred at one of the refinery
s coking plants
which wasnt operating at the time of the accident
because of maintenance
, according to Pemex.
There was no damage to the refinery, which is located in the
northern Tamaulipas state, according to Pemex.
At least four accidents have occurred at the Ciudad Madero
refinery this year, including a fire at a storage tank on
July 22 that injured nine Pemex workers. The Ciudad Madero refinery
, the smallest of
Pemexs six national refineries, processed 129,763 bpd
last year, below the daily production capacity of 190,000
Mexicos Senate approved additional legislation to a law
passed last year to open the national energy industry to
private investment for the first time since 1938.
The private investment that will be generated by the new law,
estimated by Grupo Financiero Banorte to reach $50 billion by
2020, will be used to improve aging infrastructure and reduce
to Pemex CEO Emilio Lozoya.