Oil Rig Fire In The Gulf of Mexico


MEXICO CITY (AP) - Five people suffered burns in a fire on a platform owned by Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) in the Gulf of Mexico, which was controlled on Sunday afternoon, the state-owned company reported.

The fire was registered on the E-Ku-A2 platform of the Ku-Maloob-Zaap complex, located in the coastal state of Campeche, and was controlled at 4:30 p.m., Pemex said in a message on its Twitter account.

In the fire, five people suffered burns and were transferred to hospitals in the area.

The company added that it will carry out an investigation to determine the causes of the incident, which occurs less than two months after the fire in an underwater gas pipeline in the same Ku-Maloob-Zaap complex.

The fire that occurred at the beginning of July in the gas pipeline was attributed to electrical storms and the presence of gas on the surface of the sea. Pemex ruled out on that occasion that the incident had generated a fuel spill at sea.

A video of the gas pipeline fire was released on social networks in which three ships are seen trying to douse the flames that were generated in the middle of the ocean near the oil platform.

Greenpeace Mexico and Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg expressed concern about the gas pipeline fire in the Gulf of Mexico and warned of the risks that oil installations pose to the environment.

"People in power call themselves 'climate leaders' as they open up new oil fields, pipelines and coal-fired power plants, granting new oil licenses for the exploration of future excavation sites," Thunberg said referring to the incident, and added that "this is the world they are leaving us."

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