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Pemex blast at Ciudad Madero refinery kills four workers, injures more

08.11.2014  | 

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.

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By ADAM WILLIAMS
Bloomberg

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 injuries.

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, 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 Pemex’s six national refineries, processed 129,763 bpd last year, below the daily production capacity of 190,000 bbl.

Mexico’s 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 refining inefficiencies, according to Pemex CEO Emilio Lozoya.



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Subash Chandra Tripathy
08.16.2014

Plants handling hydrocarbon, either under maintainacne or in idle condition is more dangerous than it in running condition and can behave like a sleeping tiger.

SHRI K GOYAL
08.13.2014

May the all PEMEX cokers need safety audit? Contact me if you want your coker to be safe. shri.goyal@cokingsolutions.com

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