(SNews) – Three oil facilities in separate locations across Mexico and the United States have suffered huge fires after sudden explosions, according to reports.
The explosions all occurred in the space of 24 hours.
All three facilities, including one in Texas, are controlled by the state-owned Mexican oil company, Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX).
On Thursday, three separate fires broke out at PEMEX facilities, resulting in the deaths of two workers, Bloomberg reported.
At least eight people were also injured and several others are missing.
The explosions have resulted in increased scrutiny of the safety record of the Mexican state oil firm in advance of its earnings call on Monday.
The fires broke out at the PEMEX crude oil storage facility in Veracruz, Mexico, at the Combined Maya plant of the Minatitlán Refinery in Veracruz, and in Deer Creek, Texas.
One of the Veracruz locations hit by an explosion is Mexico’s largest oil storage facility.
On Friday morning, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico’s president, said at a press conference that the fire at the Minatitlan refinery was immediately brought under control.
However, he noted that the fire at the Ixhuatlan storage facility has not yet been extinguished.
He said, “in the case of Ixhuatlan, it will take more time because it occurred at an oil deposit.”
#Russia: A huge Blaze with black smoke clouds at Mexico's largest Oil storage facility in city #Veracruz.
A fire in a pipeline at the facilities of the state-owned oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (#Pemex) was reported today by the Civil Protection Secretariat of Veracruz, Mexico. pic.twitter.com/D7XJ9l7rsC
— Khurram Zubair (@Khurram__z) February 24, 2023
Three fires broke out on Thursday at different facilities in Mexico and the United States operated by state-owned Mexican oil company Pemex.
Five missing, eight injured.pic.twitter.com/GR1AudZ3bz
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) February 24, 2023