Pemex Says Leaking Oil Well Catches Fire

MEXICO CITY Nov 14, 2007 (Dow Jones Newswires)

Mexican state oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said Tuesday that fire broke out at an offshore well where workers are attempting to plug a leak caused last month by a rig colliding with another platform.

In a press release, Pemex said the fire at the KAB-101 well was caused by a spark as workers were attempting to stop the leak by injecting mud into the well.

Pemex said no injuries were caused by the incident, and that four firefighting vessels were working to control the blaze.

On Oct. 23, an oil rig crashed into an offshore platform in the oil-rich Campeche Sound amid stormy weather. The accident killed 21 workers and ruptured the well.

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