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Fire at Ciudad Madero Refinery Tank Causes Injuries

Source: Bloomberg 7/23/2014, Location: South America

Nine Petroleos Mexicanos employees reported minor injuries after a storage tank at a refinery in Ciudad Madero caught fire late last night.

Seven workers have been treated for dehydration and two for minor burns, according to a Pemex press official who declined to be named because of company policy. Emergency services crews continue to work to extinguish the fire at the state-owned oil producer’s refinery 500 kilometers (311 miles) north of Mexico City in the Tamaulipas state. No serious injuries have been reported.

The refinery has production capacity of 190,000 barrels a day. Yesterday’s blaze is at least the third accident at the site this year. A fire at the unit’s coker plant limited operations for five days in May, less than a month after a boiler exploded because of an excessive pressure build-up in April. No injuries were reported in either incident.

The Ciudad Madero refinery, the smallest of Pemex’s six national refineries, processed 129,763 barrel a day in 2013, and 128,293 barrels a day in May.

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