Blaze hits Pemex’s Salina Cruz oil refinery

A major fire was tackled on Wednesday at Pemex’s Salina Cruz oil refinery on Mexico’s southern Pacific coast.

Nine people were injured in the blaze, which occurred a day after Tropical Storm Calvin caused flooding that broke though dams meant to contain a form of heavy oil. The resulting spill was what later ignited into the fire.

Eight of the nine injured were later released from hospital.

Pemex, Mexico’s state oil firm, said the blaze had been contained before it could reach the refinery’s nearby massive storage tanks.

Salina Cruz refinery, in Oaxaca state, produces 330,000 barrels per day.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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