The alarming trend of explosions and fires at manufacturing plants and critical infrastructure sites has continued this week. Slay News reported that three oil facilities in different locations in Mexico and the United States suffered major fires after sudden explosions. All the explosions occurred in the space of 24 hours, the report added.
“All three facilities, including one in Texas, are controlled by the state-owned Mexican oil company, Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX),” the report added.
According to Bloomberg, three separate fires broke out at PEMEX facilities on Thursday, killing two workers. At least eight people were also injured in the fires and several people are missing.
The fires occurred at the following locations: the PEMEX crude storage facility in Veracruz, Mexico, the Combined Maya plant at the Minatitlán refinery in Veracruz, and Deer Creek, Texas. The Veracruz location is Mexico’s largest oil storage facility.
#Russia: Huge fire with clouds of black smoke at Mexico’s largest oil storage facility in the city of #Veracruz.
The Secretary of Civil Protection in Veracruz, Mexico, reported today a fire in a gas pipeline at the facilities of the state oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (#Pemex). pic.twitter.com/D7XJ9l7rsC
— Khurram Zubair (@Khurram__z) February 24, 2023
On Thursday, three fires broke out at different facilities in Mexico and the United States operated by the Mexican oil company Pemex.
Five missing, eight injured.pic.twitter.com/GR1AudZ3bz
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) February 24, 2023
UPDATE: multiple fires ROCK state-owned Mexican oil refineries in 3 different locations… pic.twitter.com/BXYoHHgczO
— The American Tribune (@TAmTrib) February 24, 2023
The Director General of #PEMEX, Eng. @OctavioRomero_O visited the damaged area of Cavitat Tuzandepetl-331, in the municipality of Ixhuatlán del Southeast, Veracruz to oversee damage assessment and site cleanup tasks. pic.twitter.com/CRlmIyKGpK
— Mexican Oils (@Pemex) February 25, 2023
This is how the 9 thousand mdp that were allocated for @Pemex Veracruz in this year’s Expenditure Budget… we are still waiting for an official report on yesterday’s accidents in Minatitlan and Ixhuatlán in the Southeast.
The families of the workers deserve answers! pic.twitter.com/rOIk9uSbqO
— Indira Rosales (@Indira_rs) February 24, 2023
This is how you see the 9,000 million pesos that were allocated to Pemex Veracruz in this year’s Expenditure Budget,” said journalist Indira Rosales on Friday. “We are still waiting for the official report on yesterday’s accidents in Minatitlán and Ixhuatlán del Sureste. Working families deserve answers!”
It is not clear why three oil facilities affiliated with Mexico would have explosions and fires in the space of 24 hours.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador told a press conference on Friday that the fire at the Minatitlan refinery was “under control” immediately. But at the time of the conference, the fire in the warehouse in Ixhuatlan was not yet extinguished.
“In the case of Ixhuatlan, it will take longer because it occurred in an oil field,” he said.
Pemex issued statements on the three separate incidents explaining what happened and the progress of its response to the fires.
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