EYE OF FIRE IN THE BAY OF CAMPECHE DUE TO PEMEX’S UNDERWATER PIPELINE RUPTURE
Mexico’s mass media companies reported that the ocean was ablaze in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday, July 2nd, after a Pemex underwater gas pipeline ruptured at a depth of 78 metres.
The fire started around 5:15 am at 150 meters from the Ku-C drilling platform in the Ku-Maloob-Zaap extraction complex, located on the Bay of Campeche. The Ku-C platform was unoccupied at the time and there were no injuries reported.
Later, Pemex said that by 10:45 local time, the fire had been extinguished. Pemex was able to quickly close the duct and dispatched fire control boats to pump water over the flames that boiled up from the deep. While the accident did not affect the operations of Ku-Maloob-Zaap the extent of environmental damage caused is under investigation.
Ku-Maloob-Zaap is located offshore in the Bay of Campeche, off the coast of Tabasco, 65 miles (105 kilometres) from Ciudad del Carmen. It was discovered by PEMEX, Mexico’s national oil company, in 1979. It covers an area of 121 square kilometers, and includes five fields: Ku, Maloob, Zaap, Bacab, Lum and Zazil-Ha. The Ku, Maloob, and Zaap fields produce from the Kimmeridgian, Lower Paleocene-Upper Cretaceous, and Middle Eocene reservoirs. Ku Maloob Zaap is one Pemex’s most productive projects, accounting for more than 40% of its 1.68 million barrels of daily crude production. The development was producing 726,000 barrels per day of crude at the moment of the incident.
(Source: Mexico Daily News/Pemex/Wikipedia/Televisa/AP/Televisa Veracruz – Image: Televisa Veracruz)
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