The company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) registered this Friday a spectacular gas leak and a fire in an underwater gas pipeline off the coast of the southeastern state of Campeche that has already been controlled, according to the same state oil company.
“The incident was dealt with immediately when the security protocols were activated and with the accompaniment of nearby firefighting vessels such as Santa Cruz Island, Campeche Bay and Bourbon Alienor,” the company reported in a brief statement.RELATED
The gas leak was detected by Pemex at 5.15 am (10.15 GMT) in the 12-inch submarine pipeline with the “presence of fire at sea” 150 meters from the KU-C platform, located in the Campeche Sound. The state oil company proceeded to “close the interconnection valves in the pipeline, extinguishing the fire and the gas emanation,” so that the leak was considered controlled at 10:45 am (3:45 pm GMT), more than five hours after it began. detection.
In its statement, Pemex reported that “normal operating conditions” have already been restored and that “no injuries or evacuations have been reported.” “Petróleos Mexicanos will carry out a root cause analysis of this incident,” he announced.
For its part, Greenpeace considered that said accident reflects the risks posed by the energy model based on fossil fuels. “As part of the fossil fuel extractivist model, these are the risks that we face daily and that call for a change in the energy model,” said Gustavo Ampugnani, executive director of Greenpeace Mexico.
Pemex has suffered a debt crisis for years, amounting to 113,957 million dollars, and production, with 1.7 million barrels per day, for which the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has proposed to refloat it as part of your energy self-sufficiency plan.