Explosion rocks Mexican petrochemical plant

21 Apr 2016 | By Gaurav
The Petroleos Mexicanos industrial accident

An explosion rocked a petrochemical plant on Mexico's southern Gulf coast, causing evacuations in the area.

The plant is located in the industrial port city of Coatzacoalcos in the state of Veracruz.

Veracruz State Governor Javier Duarte said the blast was felt 10 km away, adding that more than 2,000 people were evacuated from the area as a precaution.

In context: The Petroleos Mexicanos industrial accident

Introduction Petroleos Mexicanos: A Profile

Petroleos Mexicanos also known as Pemex is Mexico's state-run oil company.

It was created in 1938 by nationalization or expropriation of all private, foreign, and domestic companies in Mexico at that time.

Pemex has a total asset worth of $415.75 billion and is the world's second largest non-publicly listed company by total market value and Latin America's second largest enterprise by annual revenue.

No stranger to industrial accidents

Pemex has been no stranger to industrial accidents. There have been at least three major industrial accidents at Pemex properties in Mexico which claimed several lives.
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Details of the plant

The explosion occurred in Pemex's Clorados 3 plant of Petroquimica Mexicana de Vinilo operated by another company, Mexichem, in partnership with Pemex. The plant produces vinyl chloride, a hazardous industrial chemical that is used to make PVC pipes.

Casualties Details of casualties in the blast

According to Pemex officials, at least three people were killed in the blast, while over 136 others were injured.

The injured were rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment and at least 88 were said to be in critical condition.

Hundreds of people have been evacuated and schools in the vicinity were closed, due to suspicion that the smoke from the fire could be poisonous.

22 Apr 2016Pemex blast toll rises to 24

Petroleos Mexicanos stated that the death toll from their petrochemical plant explosion in southeastern Mexico has risen to 24.

Pemex added that 19 people remained hospitalised, with 13 of them in serious condition.

Officials said that so far, 18 workers had been reported missing.

Pemex said that currently, it was prioritizing the safety of those involved in inspecting the plant.