The Gulf of Mexico was on fire after an underwater pipeline began leaking gas. Petroleos Mexicanos said nobody was injured in the incident in the offshore Ku-Maloob-Zaap field.
A fire near Pemex’s Ku-Maloob-Zaap offshore platform complex on Mexico’s Gulf Coast has been controlled following a gas leak. Pemex said the gas leak occurred at 5:15am local time in the submarine pipeline near Ku-Maloob-Zaap’s Ku-C satellite platform in the Campeche Sound causing a fire 150 meters from the platform, according to a statement from the company. By 10:45am local time normal operating conditions were restored, and no injuries or evacuations were reported, it said.
The oil production facility accounts for more than 40% of the company’s 1.7 million barrels of daily production. The fire reportedly “began in an underwater pipeline that connects to a platform” at the company’s facility, though no specific cause of the gas leak or fire is known, Reuters reports.
“The turbomachinery of Ku Maloob Zaap’s active production facilities were affected by an electrical storm and heavy rains,” according to a Pemex incident report shared by one of Reuters’ sources. Company workers used nitrogen to control the fire, the report added.