Mexican oil operator Bemex announced on Friday that a gas leak had occurred in a pipeline from Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico. The company said Saturday that the fire could be extinguished after five and a half hours.
The leak occurred about 150 meters from a drilling site. Bemex then closed the supply valves to extinguish the fire.
No one was injured or had to be evacuated and work was able to resume, the Mexican company said, which will carry out an analysis of the causes of the incident. Angel Caricales, head of the Mexican Agency for Industrial Safety and Environmental Protection in the field of hydrocarbons (Asia), said no oil spill was detected.
Bemex is one of the world’s largest energy companies, extracting 1.7 million barrels a day. Its lack of investment in modern technologies has led to a steady decline in oil production in Mexico over the years. Its former leader Emilio Lozoya is facing corruption charges. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador plans to bail out the company to improve the country’s energy self-sufficiency.
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