After a natural gas pipeline leak caused a fire in the Yucatan Peninsula, videos of the burning of parts of the Gulf of Mexico have been viewed more than 20 million times.
Petroleos Mexicanos, the Mexican national oil company, said a natural gas leak from an underwater pipeline caused a fire early Friday morning. The fire is characterized by a round, bright orange flame, which has led some social media to refer to it as a “fire eye.”
Video posted to Twitter Shows that the fire was viewed more than 22 million times on Saturday morning. It shows the “eyes” burning near the Pemex oil platform west of the country’s Yucatan Peninsula.
This video was shared by Manuel Lopez San Martin from adn40, a TV station in Mexico City.
Martin explained the situation in Spanish and said that the fire was “out of control” about eight hours before the tweet.
Many social media users expressed shock at the video and images of the ocean fire.
The incident involved an underwater pipeline connecting the offshore platform to Pemex’s oil field cluster in Ku-Maloob-Zaap.
Ku-Maluu-Zap Is the company’s most important oil development It is located near the southern edge of the Gulf of Mexico. The platform in question is the Ku-Maloob-Zaap oil company satellite.
“The turbomachinery at the active production facility in Ku-Maloob-Zaap was affected by electric storms and heavy rain,” said the Pemex accident report seen by Reuters.
The incident began at 5:15 a.m. local time on Friday (6:15 a.m. EST), and no casualties were reported. By 10:30 a.m. local time (11:30 a.m. EST), the fire was completely extinguished.
The company said that in order to control gas leakage and control the fire, the interconnection valve has been closed. Fire boats were also sent to extinguish the fire.
Pemex has indicated that it will investigate the leak.
According to Energy’s claim, Ku-Maloob-Zaap produces more than 700,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. This is equivalent to 40% of Pemex’s total production of approximately 1.7 million barrels per day.
National Petroleum Corporation is One of the largest oil companies in the world And it also owns the largest debt of any major oil company-a total of about 114 billion U.S. dollars-and it There is a history of work accidents.
In 2019, a pipeline explosion occurred in the town of Tlahuelilpan in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico, killing 137 people.
The incident was the country’s deadliest pipeline explosion and was the result of a botched natural gas robbery.
Weekly newspaper Pemex has been asked to comment.