26 killed in Mexican gas plant explosion

By Hilton Price 

26 people are dead and as many as 27 more are injured after an explosion and fire at a Pemex gas plant in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. The explosion happened Tuesday morning at the facility, located near the city of Reynosa, which is just across the U.S./Mexico border from McAllen, Texas. The fire was contained by mid-afternoon. An investigation in the the cause of the explosion is underway.

Damage to the plant is unknown at this time. Approximately 700 people were working in the plant at the time of the blast. 4 of the dead are believed to be plant employees, the other 22 were contractors. Evacuations were ordered for anyone within 4 kilometers (approx. 2 ½ miles) of the blast. The Reynosa-Monterrey highway, which runs near the plant, was also shut down.

The fire was first publicized on Twitter. Users @xmen2069 and @darenashack were the first to post pictures, while @Krls_Rdz posted a video of the fire. A hashtag, #reynosafollow was used to identify posts about the explosion and fire.

The accident is one of the deadliest in recent years for the oil & gas industry. The incident is the worst for Pemex since an offshore accident that killed 22 workers in 2007.

For a list of available oil & gas research on Mexico, check out PennEnergy’s comprehensive Research area.

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