Four workers were injured by a explosion at Pemex, which was registered this Tuesday at the facilities of the old Ágata dehydrating plant, located in the municipality of The Choapas, Veracruz, according to local media.
The first reports from the authorities indicate that workers were trying to weld a pipeline when sparks reached an accumulation of gas in an insulated pipe, about 10 meters from where they were.
Faced with this situation, the regional Civil Protection liaison, Luis Castro Mendizábal reported that as a precaution they carried out the evacuation of 200 workers from Pemex subcontractors.
The Pemex explosion affected CYDSA
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According to reports, there was a failure in the turbogenerator area of the Morelos petrochemical complex, which caused all the plants to shut down.
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The federal official also explained that the complex’s natural gas line affected part of the CYDSA Plant. He also indicated that the fire was controlled and put out two hours after the incident. As reported by La Jornada.
The fire is recorded exactly five years after an explosion occurred inside the same plant that left 136 injured and 32 dead. It was on April 20, 2016 when an explosion occurred inside Chlorados III of the Mexican Petrochemical Company of Vinyl.
Meanwhile, on April 7, a strong fire broke out at the Lázaro Cárdenas de Minatitlán refinery, also located in the south of the state of Veracruz. The conflagration left seven injured and the plant went out of operation for a month.
Pemex has three complexes in Veracruz
The south of Veracruz is a strategic area in terms of oil, since there are three petrochemical complexes and a refinery, as well as one of the most important ports in the field.
On March 18, Pemex promised to produce 2 million barrels per day by the end of 2021, although President Andrés Manuel López Obrador affirmed that this will be the limit for the country to refine and consume all national production, without exports.
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