Fire In The Pajaritos Pemex Maritime Terminal Is Once Again Affected By An Accident

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In 2016, an explosion was recorded at the plant that claimed the lives of 32 people.

Around 6:00 on this September 6, when it was not yet dawn, a strange glow illuminated the horizon of Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz. It was a fire in the chemical complex Pajaritos, infrastructure of Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX).

Personnel from the Morelos and Cangrereja maritime terminals, as well as State Firefighters and the Murua Local Assistance Committee, military and marine, came urgently to the facilities to help the fire not spread.

Security protocols were initiated, however, the bridge of the municipality that connects with other communities was not closed. Only the collection in the Toll Booth was suspended. So far no deaths or injured people have been reported, Civil Protection of the state reported.

Three hours after the fire started, the authorities managed to control it. However, by 11:00 they still couldn’t turn it off completely.

Local media and witnesses reported that before the flare began an explosion was heard that could have been from a disused fuel tank. So far, Pemex has not given any statements in this regard.

What’s in the Pajaritos maritime terminal

In 1967 the petrochemical complex was inaugurated in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz. It is made up of chemical plants, laboratories, warehouses and office buildings. It is located at kilometer 7.5 of the road that goes from the municipality to Villahermosa, Tabasco.

It measures more than 90 hectares and since 2014 Pemex and Mexichem operate in it to produce PVC for plastics and pipes.

In April 2016, there was an explosion in its facilities that claimed the lives of 32 people and wounded 136. “Today, at 3:15 pm, an explosion occurred at the Colorados 3 Plant of the Petrochemical Company of Vinyl (PMV). ) in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, which operates the Mexichem company, in co-ownership with Pemex. At least 30 injured are reported, ”the oil company said on Wednesday, April 19.

Then, Javier Duarte, then governor and now prisoner, gave a press conference in which he announced that around 2,000 people from different communities near Pajaritos were evacuated , due to the danger they were being at being near the accident area. They could not return to their homes until Civil Protection determined it was safe.

The shock wave of the outbreak, produced in the Colorados III plant , could be perceived in several municipalities in the south of the entity, and the smoke column that was caused was seen several kilometers away. However, authorities said there would be no secondary damage from the toxic cloud generated.

Then, José Antonio González Anaya said in an interview with Televisa that he would reach the last consequences to know the causes of the explosion , and that he would hire independent specialists to investigate.

Fire In Pajaritos Pemex Maritime Terminal Was Again Affected By An Accident

Six months after the accident it was announced that it cost Mexichem 244 million dollars. Two years later, the Veracruz Prosecutor’s Office acquitted the company of its guilt in the explosion. “ The investigation determined that there was no intent or fault of PM as a company, or of any employee , because they were diligent in carrying out the corresponding and necessary predictive, preventive and corrective maintenance of the equipment and instruments of control and corrective of the equipment and instruments of control and security of the mentioned installation “, the report said.

The conclusion came after four expert reports were carried out: three from the ministerial authorities and one from an independent company. The results indicated that it was an accident. They also detailed that the cause of the explosion was due to the failure of an elbow, due to accelerated corrosion.


Source: InfoBae