Pemex Reports Explosion on Gas Pipeline in Central Mexico

MEXICO CITY Jul 10, 2007 (Dow Jones Newswires)

Mexican state oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said a gas pipeline in central Mexico suffered an explosion and fire in the early morning hours Tuesday, prompting evacuations of nearby communities but causing no injuries.

Pemex said in a press release that the explosion occurred on the 36-inch pipeline between Mexico City and Guadalajara in Jalisco state. Two other pipelines were affected: a 14-inch liquefied petroleum gas pipeline between Cactus and Guadalajara, and a 16-inch oil pipeline between Poza Rica and Salamanca.

The fire has been brought under control and caused no third-party damage, Pemex said.

Last Thursday, two explosions hit the 36-inch gas pipeline that runs between Guadalajara and Valtierrilla, also resulting in evacuations but no injuries.

The federal attorney general's office will investigate the cause of the latest accident, the company said.

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