24 Dead In Pemex Explosion

Published at 04:18PM - 22/04/16

A total of 24 workers have now been confirmed dead, following a catastrophic explosion at a Pemex operated plant on Wednesday.

Operators, Pemex, have confirmed the death toll, but added that 19 workers remain in hospital, of whom 13 are in a serious condition.

Pemex Explosion

The explosion occurred, on Wednesday, at a Pemex operated facility near the Gulf of Mexico city of Coatzacoalcos. The explosion ripped throughout the processing plant resulting in a extensive fire, that sent plumes of toxic smoke across the nearby city.

The processing plant is part of a complex handling both crude oil, including storage, refining and port facilities for tankers; and a chemical processing plant. The main damage occurred at an area of the facility that processes crude into Petrochemical Vinyl (PMV), a plastic used in industrial industries.

Still Missing

Pemex, the Mexican state run oil, gas and chemical company, held a press conference late Friday, where the company’s CEO, José Antonio González Anaya, expressed his condolences to the families.

The company also stated that so far 8 bodies have been returned to the families, however, 8 other workers still remain unaccounted for.

Destroyed

The Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto, has visited the facility to assess the extent of the destruction, and has also visited the families of the deceased.

 Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto. Pemex Explosion.

The President said: “The various units of the [government] will be supporting affected workers and residents of the area.”

Another Pemex Incident

This latest fatal incident, adds to a catalog similar catastrophes at Pemex assets. In the last two years alone, the Mexican state run oil company has had five similar incidents- not including Coatzacoalcos.

In February 2016, 3 workers were killed and 8 injured in a fire at the Abkatun-A offshore platform. This was the second fatal fire to hit the offshore platform in less than a year.

In January 2016, 97 offshore workers were evacuated after a fire onboard the Pemex Zaap E offshore platform.

In December 2015, 30 people were injured by an explosion at a Pemex operated oil pipeline.

In October 2015, 85 offshore workers were evacuated from the Pemex Sihil Alpha platform after a severe gas leak.

In April 2015, 7 offshore workers were killed and 45 injured after a fire engulfed the Pemex Abkatun-A Permanente platform.

Last updated on 12:30AM - 23/04/16