Images of the blaze – appearing to boil the ocean’s surface with bright orange flames – went viral on July 2 before the blaze was put out about 150 meters from an oil rig in the Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, the company reported.
The company said “no injuries or evacuations have been reported.”
Pemex reported a leak at 5:15 a.m. on Friday in the undersea pipeline near the Ku-Maloob-Zaap Ku-C satellite platform in the Campeche Strait.
The state oil company then began “shutting off the interconnection valves in the pipeline, extinguishing the fire and gas emissions” to control the leak at 10:45 am, more than five hours later.
In a statement, Gustavo Ampugnani of Greenpeace Mexico said that “these are the risks we face on a daily basis and which call for a change in the energy model, as we have requested”.
Ku Maloob Zaap is Pemex’s largest crude oil producer, accounting for over 40% of its daily production of nearly 1.7 million barrels.
The chief of Mexico’s oil security regulator, ASEA, Angel Carrizales, took to Twitter to write that the incident “did not generate any spills” but did not explain what was being burned at the ocean surface.
“Turbomachines at Ku Maloob Zaap’s active production facilities were affected by an electrical storm and heavy rain,” according to a Pemex incident report seen by Reuters.
The report also adds that workers used nitrogen to control the blaze.
This is not the first major incident for Pemex in recent years.
In 2015, four workers were killed, 16 injured and more than 300 people had to be evacuated after an explosion at the company’s Abkatun A-Permanente platform in the Gulf of Mexico.
And in January 2013, an explosion caused by a build-up of gas at the company’s headquarters in Mexico City killed 37 people.
Earlier this year, Pemex announced that in 2020 it had lost around $ 23 billion due to declining demand for oil during the pandemic, although it made a profit of around $ 5.9 billion. of dollars in the fourth quarter.