July 5, 2021: Pipeline Ruptured in the Gulf of Mexico and Set the Ocean on Fire

An undersea pipeline operated by Pemex, a Mexican oil company, ruptured in the Gulf of Mexico and set the surface of the water on fire. It took officials five hours to extinguish the fire.
The incident occurred in the submarine pipeline near its Ku-Maloob-Zaap’s Ku-C satellite platform in the Campeche Sound, which is the largest crude oil producer for Pemex. Ku Maloob Zaap produces around 1.7 million barrels of crude oil per day.
The cause of the rupture and subsequent fire is currently under investigation, however a Pemex incident report claimed “the turbomachinery of Ku Maloob Zaap’s active production facilities were affected by an electrical storm and heavy rains,”. There were no injuries reported. Angel Carrizales, The head of Mexico’s oil safety regulator ASEA, said the incident “did not generate any spill” but did not explain what was being burned on the ocean’s surface.
This is not the first incident for Pemex. In 2012 thirty people were killed during a natural gas explosion at one of the plants and in 2013 thirty-seven people were killed when a gas explosion blew up the company’s headquarters.

‘Ocean on fire’: Flames erupt in Gulf of Mexico after gas pipeline ruptures

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