MEXICO CITY – 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 that the gas leak occurred in the early morning hours of Friday in Campeche Sound. A rupture in a submarine pipeline caused a fire 150 meters from the Ku-Maloob-Zaap’s Ku-C satellite platform. By late Friday morning normal operating conditions were restored, and no injuries or evacuations were reported, according to a statement from the company.
A video posted on social media showed three ships trying to suffocate a fire emerging from the sea, very close to an offshore platform. Pemex said interconnection valves in the pipeline were closed to control the gas leak and nearby firefighting vessels helped put out the blaze. The company will investigate the cause of the incident, it said.
Ku-Maloob-Zaap is one of Pemex’s most productive cluster of oil fields, accounting for over 700,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day, or roughly 40% of the company’s total output, according to data from the Energy Ministry.