An explosion at an Pemex operated oil pipeline has injured around 30 people, according to local news sources.
The pipeline was located near the Mexican town of Huimanguillo, in the state of Tabasco. Many of the injured persons are believed to be suffering from server burns, however no further information has so far been released.
Most sources are currently indicating that the explosion was due to an attempted theft of oil from the pipeline.
The operation, known as ‘bunkering’, is wide spread in many parts of west Africa and has in recent years caused huge environmental damage on top of deaths of this involved and those in nearby villages.
The illegal operation is currently spreading throughout many part of South America.
— JUAN CARLOS HUERTA G (@jcarloshuerta) December 23, 2015
However the pipeline owners, Pemex, have since put a statement out via twitter claiming that the pipeline itself has not exploded but a tanker vehicle used in the theft.
Pemex said: “The fire apparently started in a fuel tank stolen and got control before affecting the pipeline, so this did not explode”
Offshore Post will update this breaking story as further information comes through.