Pemex Reports Explosions on Pipeline in Central Mexico

MEXICO CITY Jul 05, 2007 (Dow Jones Newswires)

Mexican state oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said a gas pipeline in central Mexico suffered explosions and fires at two points early Thursday, and a third pipeline suffered a leak, prompting evacuations of several communities but causing no injuries.

Pemex said in a press release that the second of two explosions on the 36-inch pipeline also affected two other fuel pipelines run by Pemex's refining unit. The pipeline runs from Valtierrilla in central Guanajuato state to Guadalajara in Jalisco state.

A leak was also reported in a 24-inch gas pipeline in Guanajuato, which was brought under control, Pemex added.

A number of communities were evacuated, including some near the city of Celaya, but none of the three incidents caused any injuries or third-party damage, Pemex said.

Pemex said it expects to contain the fire within hours and will begin its investigation into the causes of the incidents.

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