VIDEO: Pemex gas plant explosion claims 26 lives

Latest accident another indictment of state firm's safety record

Fire at Pemex gas plant raged for two hours before being extinguished.
Fire at Pemex gas plant raged for two hours before being extinguished.

A huge explosion and fire at a Pemex gas processing plant in Mexico has now claimed the lives of 26 workers, according to a tweet from the company.

The latest death toll makes the incident one of the most fatal across the global oil and gas industry in recent years. The Deepwater Horizon accident killed 11 oil workers.

No cause of the fire has yet been reported. Reuters reports that local gas supplies have been disrupted.

Pemex has suffered several fatal accidents over the years and has been frequently accused by industry watchers of having a poor safety record. Executives inside the company have previously complained that the company is treated as a cash cow for its oil and gas revenues and not enough money is reinvested in infrastructure and assets.

Footage of the fire from Mexican television is below.

 

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