Explosion at Petroperu crude oil tank kills two workers

LIMA (Reuters) — An explosion at a Petroperu crude oil tank killed two men who had been performing maintenance work on Wednesday, the state-owned oil company said.

Petroperu was investigating the cause of the blast at the 300-m3 tank near its oil pipeline in the region of Cajamarca, the company said in a statement.

Beatriz Alva, a Petroperu spokeswoman, said the explosion had not disrupted normal operations.

The men killed were contract workers, Petroperu said. A third man suffered first- and second-degree burns.

The explosion followed repeated oil spills from Petroperu’s pipeline that the company has blamed on attacks by unidentified vandals.

Reporting by Mitra Taj; Editing by Peter Cooney

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